The Tekagami-jō 手鑑帖 Project

A comprehensive web presentation of the Tekagami-jo calligraphy album (手鑑帖) in the Yale Association of Japan Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. For the Yale library catalog entry, click here.


Coordinated by Edward Kamens (Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies, Yale University), an international team of scholars is conducting in-depth research on this calligraphy-masters’ sampler album, dated to ca. 1670 and regarded as one of the finest extant examples of its kind.  The Tekagami-jō Project web site (under construction here) will include detailed information on each of the 139 samples in the Yale album, identification and biographical sketches of the named calligraphers, readings, translations and assessments of the texts and their sources, as well as results of technical testing of materials.  The project, launched during academic year 2016-17, has been supported with a grant from the Digital Humanities Laboratory, Yale University.  Team members include faculty, staff and graduate students affiliated with Yale University, UC Santa Barbara, Tsurumi University, the National Institute for Japanese Literature, Keiō University (Shibundō), MEXT (The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) and Ghent University, and administrators, laboratory directors, curators, conservators and scientists on the staffs of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the Yale University Libraries, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.


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Project Texts: 
Tekagami-jo Album