Letter by the priest Saichō


Letter by the priest Saichō

calligraphy / Nara

Heian period, 9th century/Kōnin 4, 813

Hanging scroll, ink on paper

H 29.3, W 55.2


Formerly kept in Shōren-in, Kyoto


This letter from Priest Saichō (767-822) was sent on November 25, 813 to his disciple Taihan who was staying with Priest Kūkai at Takaosan-ji temple (today’s Jingo-ji temple). The letter begins with the sentence We have not seen each other for a long time

Masterpieces of Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 1993, pp.92-93, no.70.

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