Large six-panel screen with hawks
Price: € 2.200,00
Great, large six-panel byôbu 屏風 (folding screen) covered with six separate hanging scroll paintings 掛け軸 (kakejiku) depicting different taka 鷹 (hawks) on a perch with thin tranclusent silk drapes in shades of blue/purple.
Each bound to the poles using colourful decorative silk tethers.
Their fearsome beauty and predatory features—sharp beaks, keen eyes, long curving talons— with an intense expression seen in the face of each bird, made them metaphors of martial training and the warrior spirit.
Falconry hunting with hawks bred in the countryside was practiced in Japan from ancient times.
As a sport it is thought to have come to Japan from China as early as the fourth century. During the Edo Period, it was patronized by the Shogunate, and an official master falconer was appointed. It also became popular among warriors, and many paintings of falcons and prized hawks with their solemn and majestic appearance came to be created in large numbers from the late Muromachi Period onwards.
The paintings are sealed by two different red name seals.
The polychrome paintings set on a paper ground, mounted by paper panels with golden specks, and by two silk borders, broad black one and thin purple one. Protected by a black lacquer frame
It is in a fair original condition condition with traces of wear and age, like loss of paper and -silk, please have a good look at the photos. Two corresponding brown spots on the top corners of the right most panels. For a clear general condition reference please look at the photos as well.
Total width: 384.6 cm (2 x 65.1 cm and 4 x 63.6 cm); Height: 171.3 cm.
Period: Japan – Meiji period (1868-1912).
The room divider is ideal for mounting flat on a wall and presenting as a single work of art.
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.