Calligraphy. I have only chosen scrolls that I find beautiful well written, deph of meaning and interesting.
Seal : Box: Inscription: Old poem. Signature: Keien Seal:
A very rare and valuable scroll. £180
This was written about 120 years ago on paper.
Shingon Buddhism (真言宗 Shingon shū?) is one of the mainstream major schools of Japanese Buddhism and one of the few surviving Esoteric Buddhist lineages that started in India from the third to fourth century C.E that originally spread to China and Korea. The esoteric teachings would later flourish in Japan under the auspices of a Buddhist monk named Kūkai, who traveled to Tang Dynasty China to acquire and request transmission of the esoteric teachings. For that reason, it is often called "Japanese Esoteric Buddhism", or "Orthodox Esoteric Buddhism". The word Shingon is the Japanese reading of the Kanji for the Chinese word ZhēnyŠn (真言), literally meaning "True Words", which in turn is the Chinese translation of the Sanskrit word Mantra (मन्त्र)
Today, there are very few books on Shingon in the West and until the 1940s, not a single book on Shingon had ever been published anywhere in the world, not even in Japan. Since this lineage was brought over to Japan from Tang Dynasty China over 1,100 years ago, its doctrines have always been closely guarded secrets, passed down orally through the initiates chain and never written down. Throughout the centuries, except for the initiated, most of the Japanese common folk knew little about its secretive doctrines and the monks of this "Mantra School" except that besides performing the usual priestly duties of prayers, blessings and funeral rites for the public, they practiced only Mikkyō (密教）, literally "secret ways" in stark contrast to all other Buddhist schools and were called upon to perform mystical rituals that could summon rain, improve harvests, exorcise demons, avert natural disasters, heal the sick and protect the state. The most powerful ones could even render entire armies useless.
Even though the Tendai School also contains esoteric teachings in its doctrines, it is still essentially an exoteric Mahayana school at its core. Shingon teachings are purely esoteric and are in all likelihood also the most secretive Buddhist teachings in the world. As such, in-depth academic study will continue to prove difficult as it had been in the past and it will probably always be the least understood Buddhist tradition in the West.
That is why this scroll is very rare.
£225 with box
Waka: Poem title:
Title is: Keeping Cormorants
The poem is a metaphor for: '
A little note, kana has its styles
and forms when
Waka Scroll 1920 This has now been restored with new silks, top and bottom and a new box.The scroll ends are hand made dense Rosewood to add weight which makes the scroll sit perfectly £165
The silk is grey and not blue. The box matches
Chinese Porcelain figure of a cormorant fisherman 6.75 inches / 17cms long
To go with this scroll I have found an early porcelain brush washer or censer from the 1920's. There is no date mark on this piece so my date is an estimated one. It could be earlier. £65
New restoration of a 19th century scroll
Before restoration we only had the actual calligraphy. We mounted this in a grey (not blue) silk and made a special antique Kimono silk covered box for this lovely scroll. The box is a dark green with a mid green pattern. The scroll ends were made in a dense rosewood to add weight to the bottom which allows the scroll to hang better.
Means. My heart is full of love for you.
With box, £145
*Ieyasu Tokugawa :
See my pages on the Tokugawa Iyeasu here:
Calligraphy Scroll recently restored with a beautiful crane pattern antique kimono silk covered box. The scroll ends are hand made dense Rosewood to add weight which makes the scroll sit perfectly
PoemTruly celebrating with the Senzu *Manzai
Among the series of dance, one dance is performed,
Enjoying the performance with a joyous wish of a happy long life.
Writen by Chikusetsu.(This may be the famous teacher Nishida Chikusetsu 西田. 竹雪)
( *a performance that was done to celebrate the new year-See Manzai Scrolls here)
This has just been remounted with new Jiku and mounts