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Antique Japanese Screen Tale of Genji - The Longevity Turtle

Antique Japanese Screen Tale of Genji - The Longevity Turtle


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1800: Item # 1404683
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Early 18th C Edo period Japanese byobu painted screen of scholars in retreat. It is composed of 2 panels. The screen has a predominate gold leaf ground on gofun paper. Paint composition is a mineral rimpa paint. The subject matter is a belief of mythology made real. Shu-ton (a scholar's attendant) found a longevity turtle that is believed to be 1000 years old. This turtle is also known to be a messenger to the gods. The expression on the master's face reflects wonderment. He is able to find an ancient text on a scroll from the mythological preachers. This image allows us to wonder and contemplate the mysteries of life and its strange creatures. It is associated with belief and mythology and portrays a sense of overall peace and harmony in it's presence - an expression of true refinements and beauty.

Date: Edo - 18th C

Dimensions: 62" h X 72" long