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Folding Screen Depicting Western Europeans (Right Side)

UnknownEdo period

Saitama Prefectual Museum of History and Folklore

Saitama Prefectual Museum of History and Folklore

This folding screen depicts the customs of nanbanjin, Western Europeans who came by ship to Japan in the latter half of the 16th century. Folding screens were decorative pieces used to separate rooms and shield against the wind, and nanbanjin mainly referred to visitors from Portugal. For Japanese during this time period, the subject of this picture was appealing because of its exoticism. This folding screen is the right half of the entire screen and shows Western Europeans going to church, conducting business transactions, and dancing (all of these activities were referred to as nanbandera). It was painted in the first half of the 17th century.

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  • Title: Folding Screen Depicting Western Europeans (Right Side)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: Edo period
  • Physical Dimensions: w386.8 x h169.7 cm
  • Type: Picture folding screen
  • External Link: http://www.saitama-rekimin.spec.ed.jp/

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