japanese art

Katana Yoshioka Ichimonji Late Kamakura period,  Mumei, circa 1320, Juyo Token
YOSHIOKA ICHIMONJI KATANALate Kamakura PeriodMumei, circa 1320NBTHK Juyo TokenNagasa [length]: 66.8 cmSori: 1.6 cm, motohaba: 3.0 cm, sakihaba: 2.1 cmSugata [shape]: Shinogi-ø, iori-mune, tori-zori curvature with chu-kissakiKitae [forging pattern]: Ko-itame mixed with nagare hadaHamon [ltemper line]: Choji midare, sometime saka-choji, mixed with ko gunome, in nioi dekiHataraki [activities]: Koashi, yōBoshi [point temper line]: Notare komi with komaru.Nakago [...

Rakuchū Rakugai ZuViews of Kyoto

Edo period, mid 17th century

Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, colors, and gold on paper
Each 121 by 282 cm  Folding screens depicting the ancient capital city of Kyoto and its surroundings (rakuchū rakugai zu) are among the most popular genres of Japanese painting. The broad surfaces of folding screens (byōbu) were ideally suited to the panoramic cityscape, as they afforded artists opportunities both to present sweeping vistas of the capital and to focus on details of everyday life in the city. Kyoto screens first appear in documents in the...

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...

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