Important Cultural Property

The ‘Tsugi-shikishi’ Fragment of a poem anthology


Artist Attributed to Ono-no-Michikaze
Period Heian period, mid-10th century
Materials and techniques Hanging scroll, ink on paper
Size 13.4×26.9


This fragment is taken from the collection of transcriptions selected from anthologies Man’yōshū, Kokin-wakashū and others. In this work, calligraphy spreads over two sheets of paper pasted together (tsugi-shikishi). Characteristics of this fragment are the vast blank created in the center from spreading a single poem across two sheets of paper and the distinctively cursive sō-kana scripts. It is a piece of masterly brushwork.

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