Cherry blossom at Mount Yoshino

A pair of six-panel folding screens

 

DATE Early Edo period (1615-1868)
MEDIUM Ink, color and gold leaf on paper
DIMENSIONS Each: 172 by 377 cm 

 

Mount Yoshino (Yoshino-yama), close to the former capital Nara, has been Japan's most famous cherry blossom viewing spot for many centuries. It is said that the first trees were planted along its slopes more than 1300 years ago, and today the mountain is covered by approximately 30,000 cherry trees of many different varieties, especially of the Yamazakura variety.

The scenes on this pair of screens are not limited to showing the gorgeous cherry blossom view but indicate also with accurate descriptions all the most important places that visitors have to see while in Yoshino, each one well labeled with its name. Furthermore, various people are portrayed, from priests to samurai, including a great variety of artisans working in their shops. It is interesting to note how people are here depicted running their usual occupation, while there is no sign of any visitor enjoying the full cherry blossom as if this magnificent view was an ordinary element of everyday life.

 

INVENTORY NR: byo-1314

Japanese screen for sale. Price on application. 

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