The Portuguese in Japan (Namban Byobū)

The Portuguese first arrived in Japan in 1543 in the southern island of Kyushu. The Japanese found their strange appearance and habits fascinating. Many folding screens were painted of them parading through the towns with their ships in the harbor. There was a short revival of this subject matter in the early 20th century. The […]

Six-panel Folding Screen of Farm Scenes of the Four Seasons (Fall and Winter)

Scenes of various activities during the four seasons were very popular during the Edo period (1615 -1868). The idyllic imagined life of the farmer is the subject of this screen. The various activities of the countryside in fall and winter are divided between the panels. The location of a matching screen showing spring and summer […]