Important Cultural PropertyCollection of Ancient and Modern Japanese Poems (Kokin Waka-shū)

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  • By Emperor Gofushimi
  • 1 folding book
  • Ink on paper
  • 23.0x14.2
  • Kamakura period/14th century
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • B-3116

Emperor Gofushimi (1288 – 1336) is the first son of Emperor Fushimi (1265 – 1317). Emperor Fushimi is a prominent calligrapher and seems to have learned about the top three calligraphers of the Heian period as his monogram is stamped on the back of "Hakushi Shikan" (national treasure possessed by Tokyo National Museum) by Fujiwara no Kozei and "Katsurabon Manyoshu" (Imperial Collection). Emperor Fushimi's calligraphy style was called "Fushimiin style" and passed on to Emperor Gofushimi. Emperor Gofushimi's calligraphy style is said to resemble that of his father, Emperor Fushimi.
This book contains the kana preface and volumes 1 to 20 of Kokin Wakashu. The postscript includes the year 1322 and the Emperor's three poems.