Pair of black lacquer 2-panel byôbu with dragon & tiger
Price: € 650,00
A pair of small black lacquer two-panel byôbu 屏風 (room dividers) depicting the iconic pairing of a tiger 虎 (tora) and a dragon 龍 (ryû) excecuted in multicoloured hiramaki-e 平蒔絵 (low-relief lacquer design) and takamaki-e 高蒔絵 (high-relief lacquer design).
The left screen with a ferocious dragon leaping up from the rough and rocky sea into the rainy sky. Marked in the lower right corner ‘Real gold relief on top’ 本金盛上. The right screen shows a gracious tiger looking towards the dragon and standing in a mountainous landscape filled with bamboo.
The corners are protected by golden metal hardware with a chrysanthemum 菊 (kiku) design.
Both are in a very good condition. Please look at the photos for a condition reference. The black lacquer is still very vibrant with a nice shine to it. This even black layer in combination with the contrasting colours give the screens a striking and wondrous display.
As they are very light in weight, they can be easily mounted flat on a wall and presented as one piece of art.
Dimensions of a single screen:
Total width 70 cm (2 x 35 cm), Height 59 cm.
Period: Japan – Heisei period (1989-2019).
“Dragons bring the clouds,” according to an old Chinese proverb, while “tigers call forth the wind.” As the dragon and tiger govern the elemental forces of wind and rain, they were revered as rulers of the cosmos and the natural world. Their symbolic pairing was believed to bring about the blessings of rain and peace (From National Gallery of Art, Washington).