Important Cultural Property Western Kings on Horseback

UnknownMomoyama period (early 17th century)

Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

“Western Kings on Horseback” is typical of early Western-style painting which was established in the latter half of the 16th century in Japan. This work is said to have been inspired by a book published in Antwerp entitled, “The Roman Emperors” a collection of copper plate prints modeled on the paintings of the Flemish painter, Jan van der Straet, who later became known as Giovanni Stradano (1523-1605) after he moved to Italy. Originally, these paintings are believed to have decorated the interior of Aizu Wakamatsu Castle. These screens are the other half of pair of four-fold screens housed in Kobe City Museum. The names of the figures are not known, although one is thought to be the French king, Henry.


  • Title: Important Cultural Property Western Kings on Horseback
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Momoyama period (early 17th century)
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w2450 x h1840 cm
  • Object Work Material (English): Pair of four-fold screens
  • Object Title (Japanese): 重要文化財 泰西王侯騎馬図屏風
  • Object Date (English): Momoyama period (early 17th century)
  • Category (Japanese): 絵画
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 不明
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art, Suntory Museum of Art
  • External Link: http://www.suntory.com/culture-sports/sma/collections/90.html

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