Japanese 6-panel narrative screen, Edo period, depicting a procession of a member of the Imperial Household, accompanied by an entourage of retainers. Gold leaf and polychrome paper with 2 1/2" silk fabric border. Allover patterned paper on reverse. 4" reserve with hand-written characters on right panel edge. 67 3/4" H x 148" W total. Outside panels: 25 1/4" W, 4 inner panels: 24 3/8" W. Note: a letter accompanying this lot written by Ann Yonemura of the Freer Gallery of Art (Smithsonian Institution), dated May 16, 1978, contains the following information: "The style of the painting is that of the uniquely Japanese Yamato-e tradition, which was evolved during the Heian Period (794-1185 AD) and was continued by Japanese painters to the present day Painters of the Tosa School were especially responsible for maintaining the traditions of Yamato-e painting. Many decorative screens based on scenes from Japanese literature, or more generally on the life of the Imperial Court, were made during the Edo Period (1615-1868 AD). Judging from the very stylized treatment of waves, clouds, and figures in your screen, it would seem to date from the very late Edo period, perhaps the early 19th century." Provenance: the estate of Lucille Svitzer Brady, formerly of Annapolis, Maryland. Condition: Some damage on each panel with tears, punctures and abrasions. Two panels have become separated. Most torn segments remain except two 1/2" square sections. Longest split on images: 20" L, largest puncture: 6" x 3".
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