Hinagata byôbu ‘The Tale of Genji’
Price: € 900,00
A lovely six-panel hinagata byôbu 雛形屏風 (doll festival room divider) with a painting on oxidized silver leaf of a scene from the “New Herbs I” (Wakana I) chapter from ‘The Tale of Genji’ 源氏物語 (Genji Monogatari).
The Third Princess 女三の宮 (Nyosan no Miya) stands elegantly in a Heian-style attire on her veranda looking at her cat on a red leash. He (or she) is playing with the rippling elegant fabrics of her kimono. A young attendant is about to help the Princess. Further down in the pavilion four more courtesans are seated. Some glimpses of a blooming cherry blossom tree surround the veranda. On the right is a swirling river with at the waterfront a chrysanthemum flower 菊 (kiku) garden enclosed by a thatched fence.
Dense silver clouds surround the scene.
This multi-coloured painting is set on a oxidized silver leaf background. Silver leaf continuously undergoes the process of oxidation, which creates a beautiful aged patina.
Signed and sealed in the lower left corner by an artist named Katsukawa Shunsui 勝川春水.
The screen is very well painted with lots of detailing. Considering the age, which is approximately 120-150 years old, in a good condition. There are some expected sign of age and wear; Few places around the hinges with a bit of loss of paint. Some wear to the mounting and frame. Please check the pictures as a reference.
The painting is surrounded by a thin ochre, and a broad green silk border. Protected by a black wooden frame.
Total width 113 cm (2 x 19.5 cm and 4 x 18.5 cm), Height 45 cm. D.0.9 cm.
Meiji period (1868-1912).
This screen is light in weight and can also be easily mounted flat on a wall and presented as one piece of art.
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.