Product Description

7321       A two-fold paper screen painted in ink and colour on a gold ground with a patchwork of open and closed folding fans scattered in front of a cascading white fuji (wisteria)

Each fan is lavishly decorated with motifs including seasonal flowers, abstract design and famous locations including Uji bridge and Miho-no-Matsubara (Miho pine grove)

Japan 17th century Edo period

Dimensions: H. 67½” x W. 75¼” (171cm x 191cm)

The Japanese have decorated paper folding fans with paintings since at least the twelfth century, and the first folding screens to feature scattered fans appeared in the fifteenth century. A screen ornamented with fans served as a kind of miniature museum, where many paintings could be viewed at the same time.

Fans continue to serve not only a functional role for the Japanese, but also provide an intimate surface for painting and poetry and are the epitome of an elegant accessory.