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Kei ai 敬愛 (Respect and Love)

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  • Title (object)

    • Kei ai 敬愛 (Respect and Love)
  • Description

    Calligraphy, framed panel. Ink on paper. Signed and inscribed.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1961
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kei ai
      • Inscription Translation

        Respect and love
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Hachijuyon so Shunkai o
      • Inscription Translation

        Shunkai, 84 years old.
  • Curator's comments

    The characters 'keiai' (literally 'respect and love') are here intended in their Esoteric Buddhist meaning, referring to a spiritual practice which invokes harmony, friendship and favour. Bundo Shunkai was a priest of the Tendai Sect of Buddhism and prominent in the world of modern calligraphy for his advocacy of the teaching of calligraphy in schools. He here signs his age as eighty-four and refers to his birthplace, Sakuyama in Tochigi Prefecture. (Label copy, TTC)


  • Location

    Not on display (North Stairs)

  • Exhibition history

    2007 Jan -2017 Dec , London, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan Prehistory to the Present'

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  • Additional IDs

    • Jap.Ptg.Add.805 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)

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