The Appeal of Japanese Scrolls
To collectors and admirers of Japanese woodblock prints, the addition of a few carefully selected Japanese hanging scrolls seems to be a very logical extension or broadening of one collection. After all, in a few cases, the artwork chosen to become mounted onto a hanging scroll is actually itself woodblock printed art. More typically, however, most Japanese scrolls are constructed using uniquely hand-painted pieces of artwork, which then become the enterpiece of these unique artforms. Of course, like Japanese woodblocks, one of the reasons that make Japanese hanging scrolls a logical extension of one woodblock print collection is the fact that their images, too, are comprised of flat, two-dimensional artwork done either on sheets of Japanese paper or flat silk.
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A significant factor which can make the acquisition of a given hanging scroll perhaps even more compelling than that of a Japanese woodblock is their UNIQUENESS. After all, the artwork seen on nearly all Japanese hanging scrolls is indeed a true one-of-a-kind piece of art. Individually and painstakingly hand-drawn, thusly, not even two "similar-appearing" pieces are alike. Hence, the added appeal of owning such a piece the satisfaction of owning a truly unique piece of art. Another factor supporting the acquisition of Japanese hanging scrolls as artwork is their overall intrinsic value as antiques. Their painstaking construction requires a very time-consuming and labor-intensive process. So, beyond simply the value of their unique, hand-painted artwork, each completed hanging scroll also represents numerous hours of an artisan time to construct. Simply stated, with Japanese scrolls you get a lot for your money.