antique japanese screens

Folding screen with the battle at Sekigahara17th centurySix-panel folding screen (byobu)136.5 x 263 cmInk, color, gofun and gold-leaf]The screen represents some moments from the famous Sekigahara battle. The focus is on the winner armies,  where some characters are easily recognizable.In the first panel on the right the Tokugawa Ieyasu camp is clearly represented; Tokugawa is here portrayed as an old man, according to the iconography offered by the sculpture that stands in his mausoleum in Nikko. Close by there is the camp of  Sakakibara Yasumasa, his...

Furosaki con fondo in oro e ventagli
Furosaki with gilded ground and fansA two-panel folding screen DATELate 19th centuryMEDIUMInk and color and paper on silkDIMENSIONS67 by 174 cm The compositions with fans were typical of Tawaraya Sotatsu school in Kyoto at the end of Ken'ei era (1624-1643). The fans could be painted on paper, then glued on a gold background or, as in this case, could be painted directly on the screen. Fans have always been used as a decorative element in the Japanese tradition. This object also has an auspicious meaning, representing the "unfolding" of the future.Some of the fans...

Folding screen with blue and white kikyoA six-panel folding screen ARTISTKamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)DATECirca 1920MEDIUMInk, color, and gold leaf on paperDIMENSIONS39.5 by 248 cmSIGNATURESekka with round seal Seisei A six-panel screen depicting stalks of blue, dark blue and white kikyo (Chinese bellflower) growing from behind bamboo fences, some leaves depicted with the tarashikomi technique. The bamboo fences and some flowers' details are in gold.Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artist who brought the traditional aesthetic in...

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