senjafuda 千社札
KEY WORD :  art history / paintings
Votive papers. Small slips of paper on which pilgrims to temples and shrines wrote their names and addresses and which were then affixed to the pillars or gates of the buildings. The custom of carrying votive papers to sacred sites began around the 14c, but was revived in the late 18c to early 19c. At this time many of the papers were woodblock printed, sometimes with pictures designed by *ukiyo-e 浮世絵 artists. Generally the characters were written in a popular calligraphy style of the time called oieryuu 御家流. Senjafuda were made by dividing a large piece of high-quality paper into 8 sections vertically and then halving them horizontally into 16 pieces.


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