Important Cultural Property Namban Screens

Kanō SanrakuMomoyama period (early 17th century)

Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

These paired screens portray the arrival of Westerners in Japan following the import of guns in 1543. In those days, Westerners, mainly Spanish and Portuguese, were referred to as “southern barbarians.” The right-hand screen shows a Western ship with its captain entering a port where missionaries are gathered. The left-hand screen depicts the somewhat exotic scene of a broad terrace, foreign women and dogs. Being a typical Namban-byobu (screen painting of westerners), these brightly colored paintings reveral the great creativity of painters in the Momoyama period. Judging from the painting style, this work is attributed to Kano Sanraku, a painter of the late Momoyama period.


  • Title: Important Cultural Property Namban Screens
  • Creator: Attributed to Kano Sanraku
  • Creator Lifespan: ca.1559 - 1635
  • Date Created: Momoyama period (early 17th century)
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w3570 x h1668 cm
  • Object Work Material (English): Pair of six-fold screens
  • Object Title (Japanese): 重要文化財 南蛮屏風
  • Object Date (English): Momoyama period (early 17th century)
  • Category (Japanese): 絵画
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 伝 狩野山楽筆
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art

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