松花堂昭乗書 書簡

Hanging scroll; ink on paper | 16.8 x 104cm | Early 17th century

Shōkadō Shōjō

Even without deciphering the contents of this informal missive, we can engage with the abstract rhythm of the calligraphy. It is a brilliant example of chirashi-gaki, or “scattered writing,” in which columns of text are arranged out of normal sequenc...
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