This an intriguing Daruma portrait pained in Sekiren's unique style.
Ashizu Sekiren was one of the most eccentric and colorful Buddhist monks of the modern period. He was originally a Tendai monk, a well-known scholar who represented that school of Japanese Buddhism at the famous 1893 World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. Later Sekiren switched to Rinzai Zen and became abbot of Eigen-ji while continuing to advocate the essential unity of all Buddhist sects. He was also a good friend of the swordsman and Zen master Yamaoka Tesshu. Sekiren was an excellent artist who produced a number of finely executed scrolls graced with both insight and humor.