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Gregg Baker Asian Art

A pair of six-fold paper screens
ink and colour on a gold ground of with byobu no byobu (screens on screens
Japan Edo period
18th century
Dimensions: h. 5� 7� x w. 12� 4¾� (170cm x 378cm)

The right-hand screen shows a small Rimpa style screen with autumn grasses and bush clover. Behind this is a large version with scenes from the Tale of Genji and on the central panels is a screen folded in a most unusual manner with images from the Battle of Heike, next is a six-fold with a Nanga style landscape behind which other screens are partially open and some are even stacked against one another in the top left corner.

As one continues on to the left-hand screen we see a pair of six-folds with fans amongst autumn grasses and the mates to the screens with scenes from The Tale of Genji and a Nanga landscape depicted on the right hand screen. To the far left are two two-fold screens, one with bamboo and the other with carp swimming amongst reeds.

This subject matter is very unusual and it has not been possible to find any other extant examples.

all text, images � Gregg Baker Asian Art


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