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36 Poets folding screen

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
36 Poets folding screen, 18-19 c.
Ink on Paper
69 in. x 141 in. (175.26 cm x 358.14 cm)


Object Type: Screen
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 71.1.120b


Commentary
One in a set of two screens.

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Colored paints brushed onto paper. Gold paint on paper. Wooden frame with metal hardware.

Object Description
One in a pair of Japanese folding screens with six panels each. Each panel is 69" high and 23 1/2" wide, and has three paintings representing poets, mounted on a gold paper background with silk borders with golden flowers. The screens have wooden frames with bronze fittings made in the classical Japanese style. There are 18 poets on each screen (36 in all), each in a different pose, some sitting and writing, others reclining, all wearing elaborate costumes of the feudal period or 16th century. The screen itself is of a later period, it is only the paintings of the 36 poets that are antique.

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