Hanging Scrolls- Kakejiku


A kakemono, more commonly referred to as a kakejiku (“hung scroll”), is a Japanese scroll with a painting or calligraphy mounted on the paper, usually with silk fabric edges. The backing is flexible so that it can be rolled for storage. As opposed to Makimono, which are meant to be unrolled laterally on a flat surface, a kakemono is intended to be hung. It is traditionally displayed on the wall of the tokonoma (alcove) in a room especially designed for the display of valued possessions. When displayed in a chashitsu (architectural spaces designed to be used for the traditional tea ceremony), the choice of the kakemono and its complementary flower arrangement help set the spiritual mood of the ceremony and celebrate the season. A kakemono bearing calligraphy is typically a Zen phrase drawn by the hand of a distinguished master (Sumi.e artist).

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