Mid-sized six-panel byôbu (雛形屏風)
Price: € 850,00
Unique medium-sized six-panel byôbu (雛形屏風) covered by many illustrated e-hon pages sowing a wide variety of bustling scenes.
The pages are from the 48-volumed series “Hokusetsu Bidan Jidai Kagami” 北雪美談 時代加々見 (Northern Snows, a Gorgeous Tale and Mirror of Our Times), written by Tamenaga Shunshō (1822–1886) and drawn by the artist Utagawa Kunisada II 歌川国貞 (1823–1880). The books were published during a span of about 30 years during the second half of the 19th century.
A wide variety of scenes are visible, like: two fighting samurai with a ghostly woman appearing behind them, a woman fallen of her carriage but being saved by a samurai holding her obi, and a burglar entering a house while holding a knife in between its teeth. And of course many more.
The e-hon pages are woodblock prints made by using black ink 墨 (sumi).
The panels are bordered by a gold leaf mounting. Protected by a black lacquer frame.
It is in a good condition with several old restored traces of bookworm, and some foxing. Please take a close look at the photos for a condition reference.
Although the pages date from the second half of the 19th century, the assemblage of this captivating room divider dates probably from the Taishô period (1912-1926).
Due to its smaller 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: 258.2 cm (2 x 44.3 cm and 4 x 42.4 cm); Height: 136.5 cm.
Meiji period (1868-1912).
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.