Calligraphy & the Origins of Bonsai 3/6/17

mradCalligraphy anyone? I don't know if calligraphy was on Mario Komsta's mind when he styled this remarkable tree. I do know that there was a time when bonsai that looked like calligraphy was popular and that many scholars agree that bonsai was, in part at least, inspired by the calligraphy of the old Chinese masters. This is especially true of literati style bonsai (bunjin in Japanese). 

Headed out of town this morning, so we’ll make this quick and easy.  This post originally appeared here on Bark in 2013. I started out to continue our Hornbeam series, but got distracted by the Juniper above (there is a very familiar Hornbeam below however).

Continued below…


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wDaveA break with convention? You don't see that many bunjin with such dense foliage.


wDave-GabasaThough no size is given, but judging by the leaves, I'd say this little Chinese elm qualifies as a shohin.


m11We've shown this muscular little hornbeam more than once (including a couple days ago), but it's always worth another look.