Kyoto National Museum: SHINKAN TENNO NO SHO: OTE GA ORINASU SHIKO NO BI. Ultimate Beauty: The Calligraphy of Japanese Emperors. Kyoto, 2012. xiv, 330 pp. 215 pp. colour plates throughout. 3 foldouts. 30x22 cm. Wrappers.
Catalogue of an extraordinary exhibition at the Kyoto National Museum showing the calligraphic work of Japanese emperors - the ultimate literati (?) - from Emperor Shomu (701-756) of the Nara period through to the Showa Emperor (1901-1989). A total of 144 exhibits, calligraphy and related works, were shown. The Japanese emperors studied under the leading masters of their day and the calligraphy and style of each emperor is examined and assessed. Illustrated throughout. Introduction and descriptive list of exhibits in English. Main text in Japanese.
Item 384 in List 203.
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