"Kana Calligraphy of Saigyo Also on Display: Saigyo Monogatari Emaki (Illustrated Stories of Saigyo by Tawaraya Sotetsu, Important Clutural Property) " Exhibition

Idemitsu Museum of Arts

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Priest Saigyo is often portrayed as a legendary wandering Buddhist poet-monk. Today, only three genuine pieces by Priest Saigyo are known, but there are kohitsu (copies in full, with detached segments of poetry compilations, etc.) left in the so-called “Saigyo style” of elegant and sharp calligraphy attributed to this wayfaring priest. In this show, through the kohitsu attributed to Saigyo and also those from the same time, we will try to unveil the characteristics of the period during which Saigyo lived and the poetic activity of the people who surrounded him. Also, by displaying the Saigyo Monogatari Emaki (Illustrated Stories of Saigyo) and other paintings, Saigyo’s itinerant life will be surveyed.

[Image: Nakatsukasa-shu (Collected Works of Poet Sadayori) (Detail) Attributed to Saigyo. Japan. 12th Century. Important Cultural Property. 13.1 × 15.2cm. Idemitsu Museum of Arts.]

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From 2008-02-23 To 2008-03-30

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