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Genre Scenes of various trades in the twelve months / Left screen

17th century (Edo period)

Sakai City Museum
Sakai-shi, Osaka, Japan

Annual events, religious festivals, various occupations, and others fill the screens. Divided horizontally into two layers, the right screen’s upper layer is for the first to third month, lower layer the fourth to sixth; the left screen’s upper layer is for the seventh to ninth, lower layer the tenth to twelfth; annual events and festivals of each month are displayed. Many kinds of craftsmen are working in their shops.
During the dismantling for the repair work, they found a lot of documents from the Kan’ei period (1661-1672) used as the lining paper, and among them there were letters to Shimizu Kichibe, a paper mounter who served the Ogaki-domain. Therefore, it is likely that this pair of screens were created at his studio.

Details

  • Title: Genre Scenes of various trades in the twelve months / Left screen
  • Date Created: 17th century (Edo period)
  • Original Source: Sakai City Museum
  • Medium: pair of six-panel folding screens / color on paper

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