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Japanese Art of Hanging Scrolls

Japanese Art of Hanging Scrolls

Japanese hanging scrolls, also known as kakejiku, are a traditional form of art that has been practiced in Japan for centuries. These scrolls are designed to be hung on the wall and are typically made up of a piece of cloth or paper with a painting or calligraphy inscription on it. Hanging scrolls have a long history in Japan, dating back to the Nara period (710-794). During this time, Chinese influence on Japan was strong, and hanging scrolls were introduced to Japan as a way to display Chinese calligraphy and paintings. Over time, Japanese artists began to develop their own...

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What is a Thangka?

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What is a Thangka?

Thangka is a Tibetan word used to define scroll painting works designed to be portable and, when not in use, rolled up. The word "thangka" means "thing that one unrolls". The drawing, made with minerals and pigments, is generally applied to the surface of prepared cotton cloth or, more rarely, on silk. The subject of the thangkas could be religious or secular and it is generally divided in three categories: figurative, narrative and diagrammatic. Figurative subjects can be both non-iconic and iconic. Non iconic figures are mainly subjects of the Foundational and Mahayana Buddhism narrative and they can be represented...

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