Monday, September 26, 2011

Kana Calligraphy Scroll

This kakejiku is a sample of the Kana Calligraphy Style. It is framed with a darker gold Karakusa Ichimonji with a Red Kireji. This calligraphy style was developed in and is native to Japan. It is usually written on a special type of paper called Ganpi, which is thin and very complex to frame because it easily tear and rips when wet.

Often times the offset of the lines is done to emphasize certain words in the passage or to convey breaks in poetry. This sample was written by Ryugyoku for a monthly submitted work to her calligraphy society.

For this scroll I used a smaller jikubou, about 6 bun in size and did not insert jikusaki onto the scroll. The Kakehimo is the Takuboku design.

Dimensions of the scroll as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Millimeters Size in Inches

天 Ten 93 281.79 11.09

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 7 21.21 0.84

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 72 218.16 8.59

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 106 321.18 12.64

柱 Pillars 20 60.6 2.39

下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 4 12.12 0.48

地 Chi 44 133.32 5.25

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 112 339.36 13.36

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 254 769.62 30.30

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