Re: Constructing a hanging scroll

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Posted by John Fiorillo on May 12, 1999 at 08:32:35:

In Reply to: Constructing a hanging scroll posted by michael on May 11, 1999 at 11:30:45:


The following reference is one I made a note of some time ago. Perhaps it might be of some help to you:

"Hyōgu: The Japanese Tradition in Picture Conservation" in: The Paper Conservator (Journal of the Institute of Paper Conservation, vol. 9, 1985).

The issue has several articles on ‘hyōgu’ (Japanese pictures or calligraphy lined or backed with paper and mounted as hanging scrolls). The articles are:

Wills, Paul: "Far Eastern Pictorial Art: Form and Function"
Oba, Takemitsu: "Kakemono: The Japanese Hanging Scroll"
Winter, John: "Paints and Supports in Far Eastern Pictorial Art"
Masuda, Katsuhiko: "Japanese Paper and Hyōgu"
Thompson, Andrew: "Japanese Brushes for Conservation"
Webber, Pauline and Huxtable, Merryl: "Karibari: The Japanese Drying Board"
Bennett, Wendy: "Conservation and Mounting of Eastern Pictorial Art: A Bibliography of Western Language Publications

The entire issue could be a good starting point for you. In particular, Oba’s article includes descriptions and diagrams of scroll styles and brief discussion of the types of papers used for mounting (e.g., expansion and shrinkage differs widely depending on the paper, and some papers change their size more along one dimensional than another, so selecting the right backing paper is crucial. In addition, the paper must be strong but flexible, and it must adhere well even with thin applications of wheat starch paste). Bennett’s bibliography might be quite useful, though I do not have a copy of it at hand.

You might also search for books on Japanese scrolls and screens (there have been many published, even in English), which might also include bibliographic information on sources of information for this topic.


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