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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...

Lacquered writing boxEdo period, 19th century36 by 38 by 7 cmSilver and gold maki-e lacquer on black ground. The suzuribako is in the typical Rinpa style, decorated with two cranes, a motif often used by artists of this school. The term Rimpa (or Rinpa) derives from the combination of the last syllable of Kōrin’s name and the word ha (converted into pa), which means school. It was used to describe a highly sophisticated decorative style initiated by the painter Tawaraya Sōtatsu in the early seventeenth century and was continued by the Kōrin brothers in the next century. It is...

  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 tarnished with age, represent the ground bathed...

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