Tekagami, album with segments of calligraphy

Folded book with cloth covers comprising more than 100 segments of decorated and plain paper inscribed with texts—mostly sections of traditional poetry and Buddhist scriptures—written in the hands of illustrious calligraphers and historical figures. As customary of tekagami 手鑑 (mirror of exemplary handwritings), and each segment of text is paired with a separate label which identifies the calligrapher’s name.

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Maker(s)
Author: Karasumaru Mitsuei (1688-1748)
Historical period(s)
calligraphies, 8th-18th century; compilation, 18th-19th century
Medium
Ink, pigments, gold and silver on paper
Dimensions
H x W x D (Mounting): 37.7 × 28.8 × 5.2 cm (14 7/8 × 11 5/16 × 2 1/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Alan Kennedy in honor of Louise Cort
Collection
Freer Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-MS-48
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Calligraphy
Type

Album

Keywords
Japan
Provenance

From 1980s to 2019
Alan Kennedy, Los Angeles, California, purchased in Tokyo in the mid-1980s [1]

From 2019
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Alan Kennedy, Los Angeles California [2]

Notes:

[1] According to information provided by the donor, he purchased the album in the mid-1980s in Tokyo, Japan. See Curatorial Remark 1, object record, Collections Management Office.

[2] See Deed of Gift, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Alan Kennedy

Description

Folded book with cloth covers comprising more than 100 segments of decorated and plain paper inscribed with texts—mostly sections of traditional poetry and Buddhist scriptures—written in the hands of illustrious calligraphers and historical figures. As customary of tekagami 手鑑 (mirror of exemplary handwritings), and each segment of text is paired with a separate label which identifies the calligrapher’s name.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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