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Nothing is known about this monk. The text is a eulogy for another monk, and, like the calligraphy, it is child-like in its praise for his friend’s preparation of tea. However, although the style of Daidō’s calligraphy is naïve, this is not from a lack of training. Rather, after practicing a lifetime of discipline and the attainment of enlightenment, Daidō chose to express himself with child-like freedom.

Japanese, 1680–1752
18th century
Ink on paper
42 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. (108.9 x 27.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift from the Collection of Dr. Thomas Kuebler, 2014.74