Fine Rare Japanese Byobu 6 Panels Screen w/Fans Painting Middle Edo

Fine Rare Japanese Byobu 6 Panels Screen w/Fans Painting Middle Edo

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1800: Item # 1477786

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The size of Screen: 277cm Wide x 138 cm High (109 " x 54 3/8")
The both side Left/Right Panel size: 47.2 cm x 138 cm (18 1/2" x 54 3/8")
4 panels in between size: 45.5 cm x 138 cm (17 7/8" x 54 3/8")
Each Fan design size: 55 cm (21 5/8") wide.

This is wonderful 6 panels Japanese Byobu screen from 1750's middle 18th Century with 21 Ougi (fans) design with gold leaf background. This type of painting properly called, "Senmenga" with fan design Byobu called "Senmen Byobu". There are 21 Fan design consisting of Flowers, Sumie landscape, Kuge design, Chinese Boys playing, bamboo w/Sparrow, Pine trees, Horses, Fisherman, squirrels with fruits, and others. Each subject painting are well excuted brush works. The screen was painted by several different style Japanease painting artists’ collaboration works which made this Byobu screen more interesting and attractive. The style of painting including Yamato-e, Nanga school, Kano school, Bunjin ga, Chinese style as well. Please note all 21 fan design is painted on paper before gold leaves are applied which mean fan design and gold leaves are on one sheet and not fan design applied/pasted on gold leaves paper. This type of Byobu screen were popular called Senmen Harimaze Byobu, or called Senmen Chirashi Byobu. But our byobu is earlier one with Gold leaves were worked around Fan painted area. The condition of Screen is excellent for the age kept well over the years. There are many places has been restored in last few decades but none of area are openly exposed rather repaired and restored. The backside has a couple of places restored. Please note four upper center corners showing little whiter which we do not know why but color of back side paper that area faded. Please see also all 21 fan painting subjects details in our item #1477785. Thank you.

A fan used to cool or for ceremonial purposes. Generally the same as sensu, although Ougi generally refers to a larger type of folding fan. Ougi shape has Suehirogari which the end of Ougi has wider and telescope type. The shape of Ougi(fab), Suehirogari is like the prospects are spreading out like an open fan, showing continuous growth and expansion in the future.The fan tradition was introduced to Japan in the early 6c from China through Korea, where flat, stiff fans Uchiwa, were employed. Folding fans were invented by the Japanese in the 7c These fans, Hi-ougi, were commonly made of 20 to 30 thin, flat pieces of cypress wood fastened together. From the Heian period on, fans were traditionally carried by both male and female courtiers. Another type of fan, kawahori, was made of bamboo or wooden frames covered with paper or silk. During the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, the warrior class carried fans when dressed in formal or court attire, and although the Hi-ougi was still employed by aristocrats on occasions of court ceremony, the kawahori became more universally popular. Fan decoration is an art unique to Japan. See senmenga. A variety of materials may be used--designs and paintings in both ink and colored pigments, calligraphy, mica, gold and silver leaf. Often the ribs of the fan are made of beautifully scented wood or are perfumed. Various games with fans developed during the Heian period, such as ougi-eawase , fan competitions, and ouginagashi, floating fans on water. Fans also accompany actors in traditional nou theater perfomances, during the tea ceremony chanoyu, and are often exchanged as gifts.