Thursday, April 28, 2011

Iaido Scroll-Hayashizaka Iai Dai Myo Jin

This beautiful scroll is for an Iaido practitioner in the Western US.

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I am so honored to be given this artwork to make into a scroll. The Calligraphy was given to this Martial Artist as a gift for the extensive research and direct lineage to this sword school in Japan, Muso Jikiken Eishin Ryu. This Iaido style traces its lineage back 22 generations to the founder Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu.

It is written in the Kaisho style, and reads Hayashizaki Iai Dai Myo Jin. The owner of the artwork confirmed to me that it would translate The Great Patron Deity of Iaido. Similar to Tenshin Katoryu it is said that this sword style was presented to Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu after praying for 100 days before the deity of the shrine, Kuma no Meijin.

The simple Maru Hyougu style of design with the brown silk and honeycomb pattern interlaced with flowers really seems to present the writing in an excellent light, and support the heavenly inspiration of the sword style bestowal by Kuma no Meijin. The scroll is accented with an Ebony Wood Jikusaki and gold with white arrow pattern kakehimo. The Ichimonji selected was a light brown to help transition the view between the artwork and the cloth. I was very pleased with the end result of the scroll and hope this will bless the new dojo in the future. Dimensions as follows:

 Name in Kanji Name in English Sizes (Bun)  (Centimeters) (Inches)

天 Ten 126 381.78 15.03

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 12 36.36 1.43

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 112 339.36 13.36

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 430 1302.9 51.30

柱 Pillars 21.5 65.145 2.56

下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 9 27.27 1.07

地 Chi 85 257.55 10.14

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 155 469.65 18.49

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 662 2005.86 78.97

1 comment:

Rob Addonizio from Taiko-Earth said...

Beautiful work! I may have to get myself a scroll soon, especially one of your craftsmanship!