This Japanese ranma (interior transom) from the late Meiji Period shows a graceful curved bridge (taiko-bashi) leading across calm water to a grove of trees. The quiet scene, created with pierced carving on a nicely grained wood panel, is framed with a narrow black lacquered liner and an outer red lacquered frame. Used in a traditional Japanese wood house as a transom over sliding doors (fusuma), the panel's pierced carving was viewable from either side of the doors and also allowed filtered light and air circulation. The dimensions of the ranma make it suitable for a second life as a decorative headboard or as a replacement for a painting to add warmth to a light wall. Ranma also work well as permanent architectural installations. We have seen them used in pairs to bring interest and texture to contemporary home design. (See additional ranma inventory numbers 62-27, 62-28 and 62-29.) This ranma is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 12" (30 cm), width 50" (127 cm), depth 1" (2.5 cm).