Meiji Bijutsu

Remarkable Edo Period Six-fold Screen - Itsukushima Shrine

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: Item # 1342737
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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A sublime six-fold screen (屏風: byobu) depicting the famous Itsukushima shrine and dating from the Edo period (1615-1868).

The Itsukushima shrine, located near Hiroshima, is probably one of the most known Japanese sites in world. The shrine’s current design dates back from the 16th century. Its main torii (gate) is a spectacular sight when partially submerged during high tides. Itsukushima is also called Miyajima.

The painting depicts a view of the shrine during a typical day of that period, with priests, commoners, samurais and merchants going about their business. Looking closely into the superb work, one can see several scenes, each telling a different story, the plot of which is left to the imagination. The viewer is easily drawn into the painting and a day that seems to have no end.

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The screen is in overall good condition; kindly refer to pictures for details. Its back shows tears and wears, but the artwork is not affected (kindly request photos). For the sake of presentation, the main picture was created by combining three pictures of the screen (left-middle-right), which is in one piece.
Dimensions: 280 x 107 cm (9.3 x 3.6 ft)

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Please understand there might be some delay receiving clearance from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs to ship the screen outside of Japan (standard procedure for important and expensive antiques).
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