Pair of large 6-panel byôbu of a horse race
Price: € 7.200,00
Pair of large six-panel byôbu 屏風 (folding screens) with a refined continuous multi-coloured painting of the horse races at Kamo Shrine 賀茂神社.
A nobleman in a vibrant red kimono gallops on his white horse, the moss-covered fences on either side flying past him. He is racing the two nobles on the left screen, who are busy taming their rearing stallions who are eager to start their race.
The scenes are surrounded by a serene open space filled with translucent golden clouds.
Both signed and sealed by the artist Ryûtei 龍亭.
Mounted by a gold leaf border, and protected by a black lacquer frame.
Very suitable to be mounted flat on a wall and be presented as a single impressive work of art.
Period: Taishô period – Early Shôwa period (Second quarter 20th century).
H. : 172 cm, W. : 58 cm ( x6 ), Total width of one screen 348 cm.
Both in a very good original condition with some traces of wear consistent with age. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.
Beginning in the ninth century, an annual horse race was held in early spring as part of festival celebrations at the Upper Kamo Shrine in Kyôto. People from all walks of life—courtiers and court ladies, samurai, and commoners—enjoyed the festivities. The race (Kamo kurabeuma) was a great spectacle, and an opportunity for aristocratic riders to demonstrate their riding skills and show their best horses. Many in attendance seem in rapt attention to the main event, while other vignettes depict people engaged in an array of activities (From The Metropolitan Museum of Art).
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.
Price including insured shipping.