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Paper and Brush: Decorated Paper from the Heian Period

Paper and Brush: Decorated Paper from the Heian Period / Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room T1   September 24, 2020 (Thu) - November 23, 2020 (Mon)

  
Collection of Japanese Poems Ancient and Modern (First Volume of the Gen’ei Version) (detail), Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure)

During the Heian period (794–1192), skilled calligraphers inscribed decorated paper with poetry, after which it was exchanged as gifts between court nobles. Within extant examples of paper adorned with woodblock-printed patterns, both Chinese and Japanese works remain. Paper was also decorated with clouds, background paintings, and sprinkled gold and silver. In this thematic exhibition you can catch a glimpse of the fierce rivalry between paper makers and calligraphers.

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Fragment of Volume 13 of the "Collection of Japanese Poems Ancient and Modern" (Handscroll Version), By Fujiwara no Sadazane, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
*Lent by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
Fragment of Poetry, Attributed to Ōno no Tōfū, Heian period, 10th century ( Important Cultural Property)
*Lent by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
Lotus Sutra (Kunō-ji Temple Version), Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
Collection of Japanese Poems Ancient and Modern (First Volume of the Gen’ei Version), Heian period, 12th century (Heian period, 12th century)

 

Pamphlet

Imperial Ceremonies
Paper and Brush: Decorated Paper from the Heian Period
(In Japanese)

The pamphlet is distributed in Information, Honkan during the thematic exhibition periods

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