15 lines of calligraphy; thin, precise lines; tan, brown and green mount

On the Calligraphy of Emperor Saga, 1783, 3rd lunar month

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This text, written in 15 lines of standard script that was executed thinly and precisely, discusses how the Emperor Saga (r. 809–823) was the finest of the “Three Brushes” (Sanpitsu), a group of three famous calligraphers of the Heian period (794–1185). The author, Confucian scholar Ryū Kōbi, laments that it is so difficult to see his genuine works.

斯巻者 / 嵳峩天皇之聖茟而絶代之玉珍也 / 夫 天皇之於書也冢 / 大東三茟之最而糸古今山斗恁景御也 / 状世遠亗夐〇宸然之存干今者絶未之有 / 聞也矣述日公美讀盍簪録之曰 天皇哭 / 澄上人詩之宸茟一張蔵而在青遂王夜鳥 / 状〇今與新巻合〇可謂雙珠聮璧也豈不 / 奇耶豈小奇耶急斯巻我藩之夜庫韞 / 匱而蔵者有年矣今候好文之餘命臣公美 / 挙冩以上石屬諸不朽不無〇氣乎公美 / 雖老朽乎適遭斯時辱承斯命實々載之 / 一遇也輒爵躍敢従事干斯云

Details
Title
On the Calligraphy of Emperor Saga
Artist Life
1715 - 1792
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.226
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15 lines of calligraphy; thin, precise lines; tan, brown and green mount