Scroll on paper containing 12 large brush & ink drawings & 15 smaller floor plan diagrams in black ink, demonstrating the principles of the proper proportion in the construction of wooden Buddhist temples & Shinto shrines. ARCHITECTURAL SCROLL.
Scroll on paper containing 12 large brush & ink drawings & 15 smaller floor plan diagrams in black ink, demonstrating the principles of the proper proportion in the construction of wooden Buddhist temples & Shinto shrines.

Scroll on paper containing 12 large brush & ink drawings & 15 smaller floor plan diagrams in black ink, demonstrating the principles of the proper proportion in the construction of wooden Buddhist temples & Shinto shrines.

Scroll (275 x 5590 mm.), with a decorative front endpaper employing flecks of gold & copper. [Japan]: late Edo.

A finely illustrated scroll, essentially a manual or textbook demonstrating the principles of kiwari (the scheme of determining the correct proportions for a building), developed by the Kashiwagi family in the late 17th century. Court carpenters to the Tokugawa government for several centuries, the Kashiwagi were responsible for the building and renovating of many cultural assets. They also did much private work, designing and building a large number of private residences.

Each of the 12 large drawings demonstrates a kind of temple, shrine, or other religious building, all of different sizes and proportions. Illustrated are a haiden (a hall of worship), a shinkyu (a sacred stable), a shoro (the bell tower), a romon (a tower gate), etc.

The artist of this scroll has provided measurements and extensive notes to assist in the design of the buildings. The 15 floor plans are drawn using the traditional Japanese unit of length, the ken (each ken is just under two meters). The first building is a one–ken structure. Later buildings in the scroll range up to five ken.

On the front endpaper, an inscription lists the contents of this scroll and notes that it was given by “Kashiwagi” to “Abe.”

In very good condition. There is a little soiling and wear to the extremities at the beginning, and also some relatively inoffensive worming, some of which has been repaired.

Price: $1,500.00

Item ID: 7252

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