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新曲図屏風
“Takebun,” from the Musical Drama “The New Piece” (“Shinkyoku”)

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, gold and silver leaf on paper
Dimensions:
Image (each): 61 11/16 in. × 11 ft. 11 5/16 in. (156.7 × 364 cm) Overall (each): 67 3/16 in. × 12 ft. 4 13/16 in. (170.7 × 378 cm)
Classification:
Screens
Credit Line:
Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.300.104.1, .2
Not on view
These screens depict the “Takebun” episode of “The New Piece” (“Shinkyoku”), an example of the kōwakamai type of musical drama popular in the sixteenth century. Originally derived from a tragic episode from the fourteenth-century historical epic Taiheiki and later adapted into a Noh play, “Takebun” centers on the eponymous hero, the bravest and most loyal retainer of an imperial prince. In the right screen, Takebun, the repeated figure wearing a green robe, attempts to rescue the prince’s wife, who has been kidnapped by a samurai. Takebun ultimately fails to rescue the prince’s wife and thus commits ritual suicide, a scene depicted in the fifth panel from the right. The left screen depicts the events after Takebun’s suicide, when he is transformed into a vengeful spirit that takes the shape of crashing waves in an attempt to thwart the samurai’s progress.
Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
Richmond. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. "Jewel Rivers: Japanese Art from The Burke Collection.," October 25, 1993–January 2, 1994.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art. "Jewel Rivers: Japanese Art from The Burke Collection.," February 26, 1994–April 24, 1994.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "Jewel Rivers: Japanese Art from The Burke Collection.," October 14, 1994–January 1, 1995.

New York. Asia Society. "Golden Fantasies: Japanese Screens from New York Collections," January 13, 2004–June 27, 2004.

Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu. "Enduring Legacy of Japanese Art: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," July 5, 2005–August 19, 2005.

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum. "Enduring Legacy of Japanese Art: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," October 4, 2005–December 11, 2005.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. "Enduring Legacy of Japanese Art: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," January 24, 2006–March 5, 2006.

Miho Museum. "Enduring Legacy of Japanese Art: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," March 15, 2006–June 11, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Storytelling in Japanese Art," November 19, 2011–May 6, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," October 20, 2015–January 22, 2017.

Ōta Shōko. “Byōbue o miru: ‘Taishokukan byōbu o megutte’” (Looking at screen painting: Concerning the screens of the Taishokukan story). In Miru yomu wakaru Nihon no rekishi: Genshi, kodai kara kindai, gendai made (Viewing, reading, and understanding Japanese history: From ancient times to recent and modern times), vol. 5, Jibun de yatte miyō (Let’s do it ourselves), edited by Shoseki Daiichi Henshūshitsu. Tokyo: Asahi Shinbunsha, 1993, pp. 22–23.

Murase, Miyeko. Jewel Rivers: Japanese Art from the Burke Collection. Exh. cat. Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Art, 1993, cat. no. 52.

Buckland, Rosina. Golden Fantasies: Japanese Screens from New York Collections. Exh. cat. New York: Asia Society, 2004, cat. no. 5.

Tsuji Nobuo et al. Nyūyōku Bāku korekushon-ten: Nihon no bi sanzennen no kagayaki / Enduring Legacy of Japanese Art: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu; Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; and Miho Museum, Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture. [Tokyo]: Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha, 2005, cat. no. 75.
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