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Japanese Calligraphy Exercise


Japanese Calligraphy Exercise, 17th Century

Ink on Paper


Gift of Dr. Paul Dujardin, Haverford College


Japanese calligraphy dates back to the 28th century B.C.E. when it was first influenced by Chinese calligraphy. It is stylistically very similar to Chinese calligraphy and executed mostly in ink on mulberry paper. This piece was most likely made during the Edo period of Japanese history in the 17th century.  It is a practice piece, done to improve the artist’s skill in calligraphy.

Current Condition of the Artwork:

Two book pages, with sewing holes, are joined vertically and mounted to secondary paper that has been “drum” mounted to black paper margins. Mounting was done in a wet technique and paper washed and is firmly adhered. Large, dark stains remain at tops of papers, which appear to be permanent. There are large paper losses.

Conservation Treatment Proposed:

  • No treatment recommended at this time.
  • Black paper perimeter should be cut off & discarded.
  • Previous treatment was ‘rigorous’ and should be taken into account if future treatment is desired.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $100.00