antique japanese screens

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...

Birds and riverA six-panel folding screen ARTISTHara Zaichu (1750-1837)DATEEdo Period (1615-1867), 19th centuryMEDIUMInk, pigments, gofun and gold on paperDIMENSIONS106 by 268 cmSIGNATURE Hara Zaichu; artist’s sealsNOTESKanagu with Kiku (emperor’s seal) The fine traditional composition shows very well defined birds and chrysanthemums with other flowers on a river, while the sky is left unpainted in plain paper, sprinkled with gold and silver flakes to render the clouds.Pupil of Maruyama Okyo (1733-95), Hara Zaichu is one of the prominent Kyoto artists of his...

Rinpa SchoolEarly Edo period (1615-1867), 17th centurySix-fold screen; gold ground.169 x 376 cm The term ‘Rinpa’ is an amalgamation between the last syllable from ‘Kōrin’, name of the mayor exponent of this artistic movement, and the word pa, literally “school” or “group”. However, it is to say that this name was given only later, in the 17th century, when Kōrin (1658 – 1716) further developed the school’s style. Concretely it refers to the broadly teaching of Kōrin masters. The first promoters of the Rinpa style are identified...

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