Wakan Roeishu (Collection of Japanese and Chinese Verses) with Design of Reeds

Cultural property designation
National Treasure
Classification
Calligraph
Author
Fujiwara Koreyuki
Place of production
Japan
Era century
Heian Period
Size
Height 27.9 cm Width 1367.9 cm
Collector
Kyoto National Museum
This collection of Japanese and Chinese verses was named <i>Ashide-e wakan r&ocirc;eish&ucirc; sh&ocirc;</i>, since the verses were written on decorative paper with a design of reeds (J., <i>ashide</i>) for the base painting. The inscription at the end of the latter volume reveals that the collection was copied by Fujiwara Koreyuki (1149-1168) in 1160 (Eiryaku 1). The script consists mainly of <i>onnade</i> or <i>hiragana</i> (""rounded Japanese phonetic syllabary"") and some <i>s&ocirc;gana</i> (""cursive characters""). Although the title reads <i>Ashide-e wakan r&ocirc;eish&ucirc; sh&ocirc;</i> (literally ""extracts from the collection of Japanese and Chinese verses""), it is actually a complete edition of <i>Wakan r&ocirc;eish&ucirc;</i> (E., <i>Collection of Japanese and Chinese Verses</i>).

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