MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Scroll
DIMENSIONS: 12 1/4 X 644 inches (about 54 feet long or over 16 meters)
COMPONENTS: Comes in a kiri wood box, complete with cover. Year:
NOTES: Fantastic and original; Fine calligraphy style.
priceInfo: 210-211:1100, 2000; 550, 1000
ITEM ID: 787
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Calligraphy Studies Scroll

DATE
Year: 1658
Decade: 1650s
Century: 17th (1601-1700)
Notes: Manji 1. This indicates the Manji Era (1658-60). There’s also a combination of zodiac symbols that indicates the precise year.

Massive Japanese scroll of calligraphy studies of Kanji characters, many of which appear to be Buddhist temples and Shinto shrine names.

The small characters in the upper right are Kukai, the founder of True Word Buddhism in Japan. This shows up in a number of the calligraphy samples. Seemingly a collection of facsimiles of Japanese calligraphy used for the names of Shinto shrines and Buddhism temples.

The first characters on the right are 南無十羅刹女, ten female deities in the Tenbu pantheon.

According to scholar Sugihiko Uchida, “Seemingly a collection of facsimiles of Japanese calligraphy used for the names of Shinto shrines and Buddhism temples. The names of well known calligraphists like Kuukai (空海) and Yukinari (行成) can be read.”

According to scholar Andrew Gebert, “This indicates the Manji Era (1658-60). There’s also a combination of zodiac symbols that indicates the precise year. Sorry it’s a system I’ve never learned.

There’s so many different and distinct styles of calligraphy here, that I have to think it is the product of some kind of gathering. There isn’t any consistent story or message told by the characters, but there seem to be a lot of references to Buddhist and Shinto concepts and figures.

The small characters in the upper right are Kukai, the founder of True Word Buddhism in Japan. This shows up in a number of the calligraphy samples.”

According to scholar Alexander Vesey, “This is really quite interesting as an introduction to Buddhist/Shinto deities and beliefs. The first characters on the right are 南無十羅刹女, ten female deities in the Tenbu pantheon.”