Low four-panel screen Prince Genji
Price: € 900,00
Lively low four-panel byôbu 屏風 (room divider) with a painting depicting a scene from chapter 20: ‘Asagao’ 朝顔 (Bellflowers) from ‘The Tale of Genji’ 源氏物語 (Genji Monogatari).
As the tale goes: Genji (age thirty-two) has returned home after another failed attempt to court his cousin Princess Asagao and tries to lavish attention on Murasaki. They compose poetry and contemplate the snowy scene outside: a frozen pond, a pair of mandarin ducks, and page girls with long black tresses rolling a snowball too large to push any farther. (From ‘The Tale of Genji – A Japanese classic illuminated’, p. 337)
Signed and sealed by the artist in the lower left corner ‘Made by Taima’ 泰磨作.
Colour on silk. Mounted with two silk borders, a thin white brocade one and a broad green brocade one. Protected by a red lacquered frame with its original golden metal hardware.
It is in a very good condition with some signs of foxing. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.
Due to its small size and because the screen is light in weight, the byôbu is very suitable to be mounted flat on a wall and presented as one piece of art.
Total width 180.6 cm (2 x 46.2 cm and 2 x 44.1 cm), Height 92.2 cm.
Period: Japan – Early Shôwa period (Second quarter 20th century).
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.