Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bushido Scroll with Cherry Blossoms

This scroll was sold to the Western United States. This is a repeat customer.

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The scroll concept was designed earlier in the year but due to some extenuating circumstances it was not able to be completed until now. In designing the scroll, I wanted to have a more Japanese style scroll. So we utilized a Navy cloth with a Navy hanging string 掛け紐. The gold on red Ichimonji 一文字provides a strong transition between the artwork and the Navy cloth 裂地. The other point you notice on this scroll is a black lacquer wood jikusaki 軸先 that has a red ring around it to provide a continuation of the theme expressed in the Ichimonji.

The monochrome cherry blossoms were drawn by Ren Adams. You can see here artwork at The Calligraphy and the English writing of Bushido was written by Ryugyoku 龍玉. Both are talented artists and really work to provide beautiful centerpieces for customers.

Dimensions of the scroll are given in the traditional Bun 分measurement as follows. One Bun is approximately equal to 3.03 millimeters.

天 Ten 95

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 10

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 77

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 108

柱 Pillars 30

下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 6

地 Chi 61

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 137

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 280

1 comment:

durangoclimber said...

Every piece that I have recieved from you has ended up a cherrished piece of decor in our house. My kids love them and we have talked often about their meaning and the fact that they are hand made and carefully put together. I'm thrilled to add this piece to our collection.