Past Exhibitions

Refined Imperial Calligraphy of Early Modern Japan
January 26, 2016 - February 21, 2016

Imperial calligraphy produced between the early 1600s and mid 1800s has a distinctively elegant quality when compared to the more "heroic" calligraphy produced by emperors in the preceding civil war era. Emperors of the Edo period (1615–1868), when Japan was ruled by shoguns, were sometimes reputed to be weak. Recent scholarship, however, has revealed that their elegant writings contain numerous creative responses to the new age in which they lived. This exhibition contains outstanding examples of imperial calligraphy from the early modern period.

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