Sliding reed doors such as these late Meiji Period fusuma were used in Japan during the hot summer months to replace shoji screens and solid doors. The reeds allowed cooling breezes to circulate yet afforded privacy. On these doors, the reeds are carefully arranged so the darker areas form a wave pattern. They are held in place by horizontal strips of bamboo on one side and kiri wood on the other. The frame and top portion of the doors are made of light-weight kiri wood. Doors play an important aesthetic role in traditional Japanese architectural design. Generally designed so they are light in weight, they are movable, interchangeable, and used to regulated light and airflow, create mood and sometimes as the background for wonderful paintings. The aura created by reed fusuma is one of calm, and we have seen them used effectively in a variety of ways in Western environments. These doors are in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 68 1/2" (174 cm), width 28 1/2" (72 cm), depth 1" (3 cm).