center scroll of a triptych; five large, curving dry-brush text characters; iridescent blue and pink brocade strips with white background above and below calligraphy; turquoise ceramic (?) roller ends

River Winds [center scroll of a triptych], mid 18th century

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Chō Tōsai used a dry brush to create a distinctive writing style that is rather round and rolling, giving the otherwise linear seal script an interesting sense of fluidity.

All together, from right to left, the triptych reads:
“River winds seek my chanting;
The mountain moon invites me to a feast;
Heaven and earth become my quilt and pillow.”

Details
Title
River Winds [center scroll of a triptych]
Artist Life
1713 - 1786
Role
Calligrapher
Accession Number
2013.63.16.2
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center scroll of a triptych; five large, curving dry-brush text characters; iridescent blue and pink brocade strips with white background above and below calligraphy; turquoise ceramic (?) roller ends