Low six-panel screen of daily life in the Edo period
Price: € 1.150,00
Interesting low six-panel byôbu 屏風 (room divider) with a genre painting of three different views of villages along the Tôkaidô road 東海道, with a glimpse of different aspects of daily life during the Edo period. The Tôkaidô road was the most important of the Five Routes of the Edo period in Japan, connecting Kyoto to Edo (modern-day Tokyo).
The leftmost pair of panels depict a wintry scene featuring a food shop near a bridge. In the middle pair of panels, there is a procession led by a cart carrying a sizable drum adorned with a rooster, known as “kankodori” 閑古鳥. Finally, the rightmost pair of panels showcase a bustling street on the outskirts of a village, complete with a basket weaver and a meandering river nearby.
The scenes are surrounded by gold leaf and black clouds. The painting is set on a dark faux-gold leaf background, and surrounded by two silk borders, a thin pink one, and a wide red-white one. The screen is protected by a black lacquered wooden frame with its original hardware.
It is in a good condition with some loss of paint on old restoration corner of 5th panel (seen from the left). 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 258.4 cm (2 x 44.4 cm and 4 x 42.4 cm), Height 61.4 cm.
Period: Japan – Early Shôwa period (Second quarter 20th century).
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.