brush writing

Clark_tanzaku_TR_237_2013_5_dupeRobe with Tanzaku and Shikishi Poem Cards | Japanese, Shōwa period, 1926–89 :: The bluish-grey crepe silk kimono is decorated with colorful poem cards along the hem. The cards — elongated tanzaku and square shikishi — are depicted as an impressive collection that has just been scattered in front of someone to make a selection. The poem cards display a wide variety of motifs, including flowers, maple leaves, waves, or pine needles, in imitation of actual cards. Some are embellished with gold flakes, replicating the decoration of the elegant calligraphy papers.

DP209715Box with Design of Pine, Bamboo, and Cherry Blossom | Japanese, Edo period, 1615–1868

DT2948The Mountain Is Empty…
Zekkai Chūshin  (Japanese, 1336–1405) :: A single column of dramatically cursive script reads, “The mountain is empty, / A pinecone drops.” This short line was taken from a longer poem by Wei Yingwu (737–790), one of the most renowned poets of Tang-dynasty China. It captures the experience of deep solitude in the mountains.

Source: Met Museum :: Brush Writing in the Arts of Japan
HT NYT :: Heart and Soul in Every Stroke

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