Woman’s hand

Kaoru Akagawa (http://www.meisterin-akagawa.jp/en/index.htm)


I came across this beautiful calligraphy art by Kaoru Akagawa in an article on CNN (https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/japan-kana-shodo-women-calligraphy-hnk-intl/index.html). The calligraphy script is called Kana script, which translates to woman’s hand, and it was used in the 10th-century in Japan, by women to show their position as free-thinking, sexually-liberated intellectuals, within the constraints of 10th-century Japanese court life. Kana shodo was viewed as a leisure activity and seen as a vehicle through which medieval women could express themselves and document their observations of the world around them.

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