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Matsuzaka was a Shingon Buddhist monk who took his religious orders at the age of fourteen and long held the position of abbot of the Hokai-in temple, located in Okayama prefecture. Matsuzaka goes beyond calligraphic rules in his simplification and condensation of the characters, making them very difficult to read.

Matsuzaka Kian
Japanese, 1892–1959
20th century
Ink on paper
51 ¼ x 11 3/8 in. (130.8 x 28.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift from the Collection of Dr. Thomas Kuebler, 2014.73