There are generally small kanji on a japanese calligraphy (shodo) work. Sometimes they are written above an inkan or inkan set. What are these kanji for? What types of information is written like this conventionally? Is this a necessary part of a shodo work? I think they contain some meta information about the work but I'm not sure.

Example image is below. small meta kanji

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    More often than not it's the calligrapher's name. Nov 24, 2020 at 13:33
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    Could be a name, could also contain a location/time where/when it was drawn/written. This one is just a name (龍戾).
    – dROOOze
    Nov 24, 2020 at 18:06

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that's a signature. (usually the name of the calligrapher)

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