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Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Sutra Writings
19th century
Gift of Lynda R. and James A. Ludy

Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Palm Leaf from an Unidentified Manuscript with Devanagiri (?) script
17th century
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
Painted in black ink and using a lot of negative space, the painting is split into three main sections. At the bottom is what appears to be water, the second seems to be a cloud, and the uppermost section is a series of clouds. Through the middle of the scene is a line of calligraphy. 
17th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
In this monumental scroll, Nukina Kaioku has brushed a Chinese poem of his own composition, on the enduring theme of nature as refreshment for the spirit.  Note his masterful variation of thick and thin strokes, wet and dry ink, stately and rapid movement.<br />The verses may be tentatively rendered into English as follows:<br />   Mandarin ducks enjoy the fresh water; their graceful forms glow as they pass through channels in the reeds.<br />   Pushing beyond the thickets [to the open pond], they call to one another again and again in the dawn.<br />   A crimson mist breaks through gaps in the glade, its glow warming hidden nests.<br />   Waking up with nothing to do, [I came here] to playfully row among the spring waves.
Nukina Kaioku
Calligraphy: Watching Ducks on a Spring Morning
1840 – 1863
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
This calligraphy piece features a large line of 8 characters. On the left is smaller text with three characters followed by a red seal.&nbsp;
Ôbaku Kôsen
Calligraphy: Eight-Character Line
1650 – 1695
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing
An excerpt from the Lotus Sutra (Japanese: Myōhō Renge Kyō), this sutra uses gold pigment on indigo dyed paper.
Korean (Korean (culture or style))
Sutra Fragment, Calligraphy in Block Script
1400 – 1899
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing
This is a hanging scroll of calligraphy. On the uppermost section is one large character. Underneath it is two lines. There are three different sized of fonts on this scroll, the uppermost character is the largest. On the right, there are four characters of the medium-sized font. On the left are two or three characters (it is difficult to read) of the medium writing followed by the smallest size of writing directly below. There is a total of three red seals. One on the upper right, on the corner of the largest character, and two on the bottom left next to the small font line.
Mitsui Shinwa (Japanese (culture or style))
Calligraphy: "Bird" in seal script, plus two lines
1740 – 1783
Gift of Helmut Stern
A calligraphic work featuring a heavy red border along the bottom and top left edges. Light black ink creates markings in the center. The paper is decorated with intricate floral patterns.
Ohshu Chiyokura
Sonnet (Sakura)
20th century
Gift of Stuart and Barbara Hilbert
A black ink calligraphic work. The top features two almost symmetrical forms, the right resembling the letter "P", while the lower position features a "J" form on the left, next to a prominent circle.
Ohshu Chiyokura
20th century
Gift of Stuart and Barbara Hilbert

Ohshu Chiyokura
20th century
Gift of Stuart and Barbara Hilbert
A black ink calligraphic work featuring four vertical lines of thin, lightly marked characters.
Ohshu Chiyokura
Untitled (Calligraphy)
20th century
Gift of Stuart and Barbara Hilbert
Hanging scroll with a black and white tie. The calligraphic text on the right side is large and bold; the text on the left is smaller and more delicate. Red seals adorn the top right and bottom left corners.
Chen Lifu
Calligraphy with seal
1900 – 2001
Gift of Jiu-Fong Lo Chang and Kuei-sheng Chang