Six panel screen folding fans

Price:  2.300,00

Remarkable, tall six-panel byôbu 屏風 (folding screen) with a refined painting on goldish silver leaf featuring a collection of sensu 扇子 (folding fans) scattered across a river landscape.

Showing both closed and open fans, each reveals diverse artistic motifs. Among them, a sumi-e 墨絵 (black ink painting) showcases a Chinese landscape, two Chinese men talking while one kneels next to a basket, a few with different vibrant flowers, some with figures dancing and wearing masks, and more.

A depiction of a ceremony during the Mifune Matsuri 三船祭 (Three Boats Festival), an annual festival in May that takes place in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district where sensu fans of assorted colours are floated on the river Kamo.
The story goes that long ago, when the Ashikaga Shogun visited the Tenryû temple near Arashiyama, a small boy that was with him in avertedly dropped his folding fan into the river, and the shogun was so moved by the beauty of the fan floating on the water, that thereafter everyone else too was impatient to see their own sensu float on the water.

The vibrant polychrome paintings are set on a goldish silver leaf background. The panels are mounted by two brocade silk borders, a thin light one, and a broad dark brown one with a flower design. Framed by black lacquered wood fitted with protective hardware with a karakusa design

Period: Japan – Late Edo period (First half 19th century).

Total width: 370.2 cm (2 x 62.9 cm, 4 x 61.1 cm); Height: 172.5 cm.

Considering its age in a very good condition with some traces of wear consistent with age and old restorations. Please have a look at the restoration on the 2nd panel and righter most panel. For a clear condition reference, please look at the photos for a condition reference.

The folding screen 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.

Ref. No. : B1268


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