Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Gift Wallscroll 1

This was a gift that went to our neighbor to the North. It was for a lady who wanted to do something special for her significant other. She went all out on ordering a special cloth, Fuuchin and kiribako for storing the kakejiku. Her spouse practices Martial Arts, which make this kakejiku a great gift.

The next thing she did was give me one line of the epitaph written for Lord Byron's dog Boatswain . The line read:

The first to welcome, foremost to defend

Yoshimi kept the line of poetry in traditional calligraphy and translated the phrase only using Kanji characters and no syllabic Hiragana or Katakana. It is written in Kaisho style, very formal, and is framed in an informal maru hyougu stle. The scroll's Fuuchin are very beautiful and both the Kakehimo and Fusa (Tassel) for the Fuuchin is in Kincha (Gold Brown). The scroll is completed with a Kokutan Hone Tsuke Designed Jikusaki.

The size of the scroll is as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 123 14.67
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 13 1.55
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 105 12.53
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 448 53.44
Pillars 22 2.62
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8.5 1.01
Chi 90 10.74
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 149 17.77
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 682.5 81.42

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