Vol. LXXV March, 1966 No. 3 Notes and Suggestions SHIGAKU-ZASSHI
Rennyo's Manuscript of Tanisho
By Takehiko Furuta
This paper is a further report on the condition of Rennyo's Manuscript as revealed upon its investigation. The following points have been confirmed :
1. The manuscript has been thus far regarded as Rennyo's work at his age of about sixty-five. However, his calligraphic peculiarities at this age appear only in the last part of Ruzairoku and in the endorsement of the Manuscript.
2. The other part of the Manuscript seems to be by his hand but in his forties.
3. A difference of tone in calligraphy, the colour of ink and blots sets in between the seventeenth and eighteenth line of Ruzairoku.
These facts confirm the former hypothesis and moreover suit well with another fact : of the thirty-seven endorsements of manuscripts by Rennyo, this is the only one that lacks the date. This may mean that Rennyo wished to conceal the fact that he altered the last part of Ruzairoku.
SHIGAKU - KAI
( The Historical Society of Japan)
Faculty of Letters
University of Tokyo
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