Periodo Meji (1868-1912)
38 x 148 cm
Two panel folding screen representing some stylized deep blue iris in Rinpa style.
In Japan this beautiful flower is linked to men because of the shape of its leaves recalling a sword; It is also used in patterns, where is often depicted in great proliferation.
Nobles families of Heian period used to plant this perennial flower in their gardens and it is mentioned in literary works of the period including the famous Tales of Ise.
Rinpa artists, especially Ogata Korin 1658–1716), often reproduced this subject on screen and painting.