One of a Pair of Calligraphy Scrolls in Running Script

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One of a Pair of Calligraphy Scrolls in Running Script

Nakagawa Tenju

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
ink on paper, hanging scroll

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Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Jack Dodick in memory of Morris Gitter

Subject matter
"Running script had already been formed in the late Eastern Han dynasty, reaching its prime in the Eastern Jin dynasty. Its style moderates between regular script and cursive script: it is more free-flowing than the orderly regular script while more easily recognized than the spontaneous cursive script. It was thus widely used. Although running script runs in unrestrained manner, excelling in the writing of this script was not easy. Good practice of regular script is a pre-requisite for fine writing in running script."

“Origin and Development of Categories of Calligraphy and Appreciation and Analysis of Calligraphy.” Categories of Calligraphy - Running Script,

Physical Description
There are two columns of calligraphy written in running script.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
hanging scroll

Additional Object Classification(s)

Collection Area

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calligraphy (visual works)
running script

1 Related Resource

Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)

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