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Makimono

Makimono

[mah-kuh-moh-noh; Japn. mah-kee-maw-naw]

A Makimono (jap. 巻物) is a Japanese hand scroll, an ink-and-brush painting or calligraphy which is supposed to be held in the hand and unrolls horizontally. Makimono were taken to scenic places to enjoy them in a beautiful surrounding, and stored away when home. They were also given as gifts.

In contrast to the Makimono, Kakemono is a painting that unrolls vertically and hangs in a recess in a traditional Japanese house or in a teahouse.

The term also refers to maki-zushi.

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