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Japanese Scrolls

Their History, Art & Craft

William de DeLange, with Teruo Takayanagi

This is the first work to explore fully the history, art, and craft of the Japanese hanging scroll, or kakejiku, from its ancient Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese origins, through its introduction to Japan as early as the sixth century AD, to its role in the modern Japanese art world. It is proof of the scroll’s timeless qualities that it remains a fixture in traditional Japanese rooms, and continues to inform the design of modern interiors. This comprehensive work will be of interest to all connoisseurs and collectors of East Asian scroll art as well as craftspeople engaged in the mounting and presentation of text and images.

William de Lange studied Japanese language and culture at the universities of Leiden and Waseda, and has translated and written extensively on Japanese cultural topics. In addition to researching the art and history of scrolls, De Lange had the opportunity to serve as an apprentice to Teruo Takayanagi, a master scrollmaker from Mobara, Chiba prefecture. Takayanagi apprenticed under his father and went on to receive numerous honors, serving as chairman of the Chiba Picture Scroll Makers Association from 2000 until his death in 2012.

248 pp, 8.5 x 11 / Hardcover
224 Color photos, maps, drawings
Glossary, bibliography, index
Japanese crafts / East Asian art
ISBN: 978-1-891640-88-9