Byobu Tosa School 土佐派 genre painting

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An extraordinary, tall six-panel byôbu 屏風 (folding screen) showcases an intricate Tosa School 土佐派 genre painting on gold leaf, depicting the lively festive atmosphere of both commoners and aristocrats during the cherry blossom viewing season 花見 (hanami) in the Edo period.

The detailed scene unfolds with an imposing gate guarded by two powerful temple guardians 仁王 (Niô), protectors of the Buddhist faith. Nearby, a large establishment reveals two geisha and their maiko in elaborate kimonos, with a lantern maker next door. The streets bustle with activity: a man tripping on a bridge, eliciting shocked gazes from onlookers; a child fumbling to protect his lunch from a street dog, with the food nearly spilling; children playing with stacks of lacquered tables and cups, disastrously collapsing; and a vendor selling hot sake from a portable stand to eager customers.
This vibrant street scene is populated with merchants, monks, samurai, and families, each contributing to the rich tapestry of life depicted. Above scenes are encased within rich gold leaf clouds adorned with free-form shapes in relief.

The protective frame was expertly and expensively refurbished at a later (more recent) date in Japan. A highly skilled craftsmanship that requires a lot of expertise and knowledge.

Period: Japan – Edo period (Second half 18th century).

Total width: 374.8 cm (2 x 63.8 cm, 4 x 61.8 cm); Height: 171.6 cm.

Considering its, it is in a very good condition with some traces of wear conform age and old restorations. For a condition reference, please have a look at the photos.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : C2680


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