> “Ancient Chinese People”


桃山時代(16 - 17世紀)
343.4 × 157 (高さ)cm

“Ancient Chinese People”

Momoyama period, 16th century
343.4 × 157 (height) cm
Folding screen in six panels, painted on paper in ink, mineral pigment, and gold leaf



Dr.K says


The upper left of the screen shows the Three Laughers at Tiger Ravine, an established subject in Japanese painting. The depiction here resembles a single two-panel folding screen of the same subject at Myōshinji in Kyoto. The Myōshinji piece bears no signature or seal but is generally accepted as a work by Kano Sanraku (1559-1635). This screen, too, displays gold leaf with a size of roughly 8.8 cm, dimensions typically found in works dating to the latter half of Sanraku’s career. Therefore, we may date the piece to the Genna and Kan’ei eras. The depiction of rocks also reflects the style of Sanraku or a painter in his vicinity.
The presence of vertical paper seams throughout the painting disclose the fact that it was originally conceived as a sliding door and not as a folding screen. The leftmost section of roughly 18.8 cm is a later addition, added when the work was remounted.
The upper right includes two scenes from the Japanese classic, the Tale of Genji. We may assume that in its original configuration, the adjacent sliding door panel displayed Japanese subjects. This assemblage of scenes is typical of late Momoyama-period Kano practice. In its virtuous style and skillful depiction, the work is an important example of that era.