Moshiogusa (Brinish Seaweed) Album of Exemplary Calligraphy

Cultural property designation
National Treasure
Classification
Calligraph
Place of production
Japan
Size
Height 40 cm Width 35 cm
Collector
Kyoto National Museum
A tekagami, or album of exemplary calligraphy, is a collection of excerpts from old scrolls or books of sutras, poems and letters. The selection of calligraphers in a tekagami, its types of calligraphy and its order tell us about the changing tastes in classical Japanese-style calligraphy over the years.
Moshigusa, an album of 242 detached segments ranging from the Nara to the Muromachi Periods, was handed down from generation to generation as a reference register a family that remained the central, calligraphy authority throughout the Edo period.
Among the segments is the “Muromachi-gire,” one of only two surviving fragments from the Hitomaroshu, which is part of the Anthologies of Thirty-Six Poets, formerly owned by the Nishi-Honganji temple. The “Okadera-gire” is another rare, detached segment from Minamoto Shitagoshu of the same set. Both are excellent specimens of kana script in the early-12th Century.

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Fragment from the Muromachi Edition of the Collection of Poems by Hitomaro

Heian Period

National Treasure

Kyoto National Museum

Fragment from the Okadera Edition of Minamoto Shitao's Poetry Collection

Heian Period

National Treasure

Kyoto National Museum

Fragment from the Hatsuse Edition of a Buddhist Text

Heian Period

National Treasure

Kyoto National Museum

Fragment from the Tamatsu Edition of Kagero Nikki Ekotoba (The Gossamer Years)

Kamakura Period

National Treasure

Kyoto National Museum

Fragment from the Nagato Edition of the Tale of the Heike

Nambokucho Period

National Treasure

Kyoto National Museum

Fragment from the Kurodani Edition of Legends of Zenzai Doshi

Heian Period

National Treasure

Kyoto National Museum

Fragment from the Murakumo Edition of Collection of Poems by Ki no Tsurayuki

Kamakura Period

National Treasure

Kyoto National Museum