Byobu, Folding screen – paper / wood – Maruyama Okyo – Exceptional sized, wide two panel screen with a intimate and pleasant painting of a large group of d – Japan – Mid 19th century – Bakumatsu period
Exceptional sized large two panel screen with a intimate and pleasant painting of a large group of deer, quietly scurrying around. Among them also a couple of white deer. Supposedly a sacred specie (Hakuroku). And painted in a nicely detailed style. Surrounded by a couple of large pine trees and Japanese maple trees (momiji). With low hanging “fog”, executed in sprinkled gold-leaf paint.
Signed and sealed in the in the low left corner: “Early summer of the year Kansei shingai (1791); Painted, Ôkyo 円山應舉. We consider it to be an attributive signature and dating of Maruyama Okyo, 1733-1795) with stamp Okyo no in 應舉之印 (seal of O.) and Chusen 仲選, both known stamps of Maruyama Okyo.
These kind of room-dividers are light in weight and can also be easily mounted flat on a wall and presented as one piece of art.
This screen has an exceptional large width for a two panel screen. Possibly made for an exposition. Total width: 228 cm; ( 2 x 114 cm), Height: 170 cm.