antique japanese screens

Field of Pinks and Rising MoonA six-panel folding screen DATEMomoyama period, 17th centuryMEDIUMInk, colors, gold leaf, and silver on paperDIMENSIONS166 by 360 cm A field of wild pinks (nadeshiko; Dianthus superbus) blooms under a rising moon in this six-panel folding screen. The anonymous artist arranged the flowers, a relative of the carnation, in dense, rhythmical clusters in three horizontal registers in the lower half of the screen, above which clouds of gold leaf merge with the gilded sky. Interspersed between the layers of flowers are passages where flecks of silver foil, now...

Scenes from the Heike MonogatariA six-panel folding screen DATEEdo Period (1615-1867), 18th centuryMEDIUMInk, color, gofun and gold-leaf on paperDIMENSIONS153 by 316 cm The scene depicts the famous Japanese battle at Ichinotani, featuring the surprise attack by Minamoto forces, led by Yoshitsune, upon the Taira stronghold. On the lower part, the Heike (Taira) leader Tomonori riding out toward his boats, while on the left part Kumagai Naozane is gesturing with his fan toward the seventeen-year-old Taira Atsumori calling out to him: “I see that you are a Commander...

Furosaki
Furosaki with scenes at the pleasure quartersA two-panel folding screen DATEEdo Period (1615-1867),  early 18th centuryMEDIUMInk and pigments on paperDIMENSIONS56 by 160.5 cm In the pleasure districts, the stringent codes were meant to be forgotten. In this painting, some clients are watching from outside the teahouse, while some are entering, one of them with the face hidden under a large basket hat. This ukiyo-e screen is representative of a type of genre painting that had its origins in RakuchÅ« rakugai zu, but which abandons a comprehensive view of...

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