Calligraphy: "Bird" in seal script, plus two linesArtist(s)Mitsui ShinwaArtist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Datecirca 1740-1783Medium & Supportink on paperDimensions
39 5/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. ( 100.6 cm x 28.6 cm )Credit LineGift of Helmut SternSubject matter
The uppermost largest character uses tensho, an archaic seal script while the rest of the scroll is in kaisho, the standard form of script. The artist Mitsui Shinwa, also known as Mitsui Shinna, was a celebrated master of calligraphy and seal carving hence his use of tensho in this piece. Because his work was celebrated during his time, this piece would most likely have belonged to a wealthy individual who could afford such a renowned artist's work. Physical Description
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.Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object TypecalligraphyCollection AreaAsianRights
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