Japanese calligraphy album

Description

An appreciation for the simple beauty and expressive qualities of brush calligraphy has formed a central part of Japanese culture since the 7th century. It is reflected in the careful compilation of works by famous calligraphers into albums known as otekagami (‘mirrors of the hand’). 

This album is particularly special as it opens with rare samples by the 8th-century rulers Emperor Shōmu and Empress Kōmyō.

Full title:
Otekagami calligraphy album
Created:
750–1650 (compiled 19th century, Japan
Format:
Album
Language:
Japanese
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Or.12227.

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