Prayers Offered by Emperor Fushimi

Cultural property designation
Important Cultural P
Classification
Calligraph
Author
Emperor Fushimi
Place of production
Japan
Era century
Kamakura Period
Size
Height 34.5 cm Width 650 cm
Collector
Kyoto National Museum
Emperor Fushimi (1265-1317, r. 1287-98), the son of Emperor Gofukakusa (1243-1304, r. 1246-59), ascended the throne after Emperor Gouda (1267-1324, r. 1274-87) of the Daikaku-ji line. He was accomplished in <i>waka</i> (""Japanese poem"") composition and known for his mastery of calligraphy. In particular, he was skilled in <i>j&ocirc;dai ry&ucirc;</i> (""archaic style"") calligraphy, and his style, which became known as <i>Fushimi-in ry&ucirc;</i> in later years, had a great influence on later generations. These prayers with ten volumes from <i>The Most Victorious Kings Sutra in Gold Lettering on Dark Blue Paper</i> (J., <i>Konshi kinji saish&ocirc;&ocirc;ky&ocirc;</i>) were offered to Iwashimizu Hachiman Shrine by Emperor Fushimi when he and his son, Emperor Gofushimi (1288-1336, r. 1298-1301), confined themselves within the shrine in 1313 (Sh&ocirc;wa 2). The calligraphy is masterful with flowing and elegant lines.

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