hanshi 半紙
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Also written 判紙. A small-sized paper, approximately 25cm by 35cm. Being a convenient size for a variety of documents, hanshi has been used since the late Muromachi period, and reached its peak in popularity during the Edo period. Traditionally made from mulberry paper *choshi 楮紙, today hanshi is made from various fibers in different thicknesses. Counters used for hanshi are: 20 sheets equal one *jou 帖, 10 jou equal one taba 束, 10 taba equal one shime 締, and 6 shime equal one maru 丸.


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