Two-fold Screen

Location: Japan

Materials: wood, kinji, makie-e, shibayama, shell, ivory, translucent enamel inlays, silver hinges and fittings.

Dimensions: 30.5 x 32.2 cm

Accession Number: L 35

Other Notes:

A two-fold screen consisting of lacquered panels set into a frame, with reversible hinges. The four panels on one side form a continuous design of waterside fishing and boating scenes. In the water one man is punting a raft, while another transports a man and woman in a boat. Along the shore one of the fishermen has just caught a fish to the delight of a boy, who rushes over, while, behind, travellers pass by and others out for a stroll enjoy the flowers. The lower panels portray fishes  in the water among water-plantain and other water-plants in gold, silver and red shishiaimakie, with kirikane and Shibayama-style encrustations, including translucent enamel inlays, on a kinji ground. The main panels on the reverse depict a pair of birds flying towards a clump of autumn plants, including hagi, ominaeshi, pinks, and clematis, while the lower panels are decorated with maple-leaves, all in gold, red, and green togidashie on a black lacquer ground with muranashiji. The frames decorated with stylized chrysanthemums and leaf scrolls in gold togidashie with details in keuchi.


O. Impey, M. Fairley, J. Earle (eds.), Meiji No Takara: Treasures Of Imperial Japan: Lacquer Vol II, London 1995, cat. 169.
J. Earle, Splendors of Imperial Japan: Arts of the Meiji period from the Khalili Collection, London 2002, cat. 72, p. 124.