Donor: Mr. Liu Yik-hin
Born to a scholarly family at Nanhai county in Guangdong, Deng Fen (1894-1964) had already shown his talent in painting and calligraphy at relatively young age. He was skilled at figure and bird-and-flower painting, vividly depicting the beauties and Buddhist images. As one of the founders of Guihai Painting Cooperative (later renamed as Chinese Painting Research Society), Deng devoted himself promoting traditional Chinese painting during the modern era.
Executed in xieyi brushstroke, the pine tree is full of vitality in the Scholar under a pine tree. Under which is a scholar walking slowly with a stick, who seems to remain aloof from the secular world. Deng was good at calligraphy in running script. His work is distinctive with swift and graceful brushwork.
Donor: Mr. and Mrs. Augustine Hsu
The two Buddhist paintings donated by Mr and Mrs Augustine Hsu depict Samantabhadra riding an elephant and Manjushri riding a lion respectively. The extremely fine details of robes of the bodhisattvas are painted with gold-mud.
Samantabhadra, who is the Bodhisattva of Great Conduct, and Manjushri, who embodies the qualities of wisdom, are often paired as attendant bodhisattvas on either side of Shakyamuni Buddha. Together, they represent the teachings of wise and benevolent conduct in Mahayana Buddhism.