Low 6-panel byôbu with playing children

Price:  2.350,00

An alluring low 6-panel byôbu屏風 (folding screen) with an animated Kanô School-style painting on gold leaf of karako 唐子 (Chinese children) at play under supervision of four noblewomen.

The motif “One Hundred Boys at Play” is a Chinese theme wishing the viewer many generations of accomplished scholars and prosperity, as it symbolises longevity and health for offspring.

A boy watches with keen interest as a noblewoman holds a bird, reaching out his hand in a gesture indicating his desire to hold it. Nearby, another boy proudly runs with a red hand windmill. At a low table, a boy stands, questioning two elegant noblewomen about the literature displayed. Three young boys play around a water tub, one boastfully displaying a fish he caught. In the surroundings, numerous boys chase butterflies and insects, using various fans to catch them mid-air. One older boy even carries a younger one on his shoulder, ensuring everyone can partake in the joyful activity.

Colour and ink on shiny gold leaf. Mounted by two borders, a thin green brocade one, and a broad cotton one with a flower pattern. Protected by a black lacquer frame with its original hardware.

Considering its age in a very good condition with some minimal traces of wear conform age and old restorations. For a clear condition reference, please look at the pictures as well.

Total width: 256.8 cm (2 x 44 cm, 4 x 42.2 cm); Height: 90.7 cm.
Period: Japan – Early Meiji period (Second half 19th century).

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. : C2236


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