Golden Fantasies: Japanese Screens from New York Collections
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Cherry-Blossom Viewing at Yoshino and Itsukushima
Edo period (1615-1868), first half of 17th century
Pair of six-panel screens; ink, color, and gold on paper
The Mary and Jackson Burke Collection
Cat. no. 9

In these lively presentations of the outdoor delights of springtime we see scenes of merry-making, entertainment, feasting, and pilgrimage. Yoshino, in the right screen, lies to the south of the ancient capital of Nara in central Japan. It was celebrated in poetry for its beautiful cherry blossoms set among rolling hills. Itsukushima Shrine, in the left screen, stands on the island of Miyajima off the southern coast further to the west. Regarded as one of the “Three Great Views of Japan” (Nihon sankei), it is distinctive for its Noh stage and walkways projecting over the water. Although these panoramic views are of “famous places,” interest is shown equally in the various activities on the ground, all set off against richly textured gold-leaf clouds.

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