Sumi ink on hemp and recycled paper, mounted on paper imitating brocade fabric, as if a hand scroll.
Hand is a pseudo hand found here. http://www.wodefordhall.com/hackhand.pdf
This was hard. I needed to do an SCA compatible scroll for a feast in honor of a Momoyama era Japanese persona. My confidence level with sumi painting is low. I found either more complex screens with some words or very sparse wordless paintings, or complex paintings with many words. I then found an item that was a journal in poetic form with simple paintings.
Record of the author’s trip to the eastern capital.
Karasumaru Mitshuhiro. Early 17th c. (Before 1638). Found in Momoyama, Japanese art in an age of grandeur.
This isn’t quite like that, but it’s where I started.
The text was my favorite part to do. It’s based on the waka forms, which varied somewhat thru SCA period, with tanka (5 syllables/7 syllables/ 5 syllables/7 syllables/5 syllables) looking like a consistent option. Of course this is composed in English. So, this is the recipients OP worked into a seasonal cycle of five tanka. Or maybe since it’s linked it should be called renga. Hmm.
The moon wanes quickly
Leaves turn, chill eastern winds blow
In bright October
Three mountains honors Kateline
Who we now call Tsukiko
Not even queens forget her
Hands filled with largess
Her works a river of stars
Joyful and illuminating
Lightly she dances
Like the sun on the mountain
Pink in the sunset
Is the snow on myrtle leaves
Pine cones fall near the lions paws
Sweetly sing the frogs
Hidden in new trilliums
Pelican she is
Even her blood will she give
As blossoms lend us beauty
Let waterfalls leap
When rainbows bridge the mountains
Tea from our Tsukikos hands
All Three Mountains rejoices
Momoyama, Japanese Art in the Age of Grandeur: An Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Organized in Collaboration with the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese Government. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975. Print.
Hickman, Money L. Japan’s Golden Age: Momoyama. New Haven: Yale UP in Association with Sun & Star 1996 and Dallas Museum of Art, 1996. Print.
Yamada, Sadami. Complete Sumi-e Techniques. Rutland, Vt.: Japan Publ. Trading, 1966. Print.