Image: 27 5/8 x 103 7/8 in. (70.2 x 263.8 cm)
Overall: 33 x 109 in. (83.8 x 276.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1957
Not on view
Things foreign enjoyed great popularity in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Japan, and a number of genre paintings in the screen format were devoted to the curiosity and artistic interest aroused by the presence of Portuguese and Spanish traders at port. The exotic costumes of Jesuit priests, Christian icons, strange animals, and oddities like clocks and guns all found their way into Japanese painting. These diminutive screens, created later in the Edo period, are a pastiche of earlier Nanban (“Southern Barbarian”) scenes, and shows the foreign traders who imported rare birds. They reprise the genre at a time when foreign presence in Japan was once again a major impact on Japanese culture after a long period of limited international relations.
American Museum of Natural History. "Silk Roads/ China Ships," February 14, 1984–May 13, 1984.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "No Ordinary Mortals: The Human and Not-So-Human Figure in Japanese Art," 1996.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds in the Art of Japan," February 2, 2013–July 28, 2013.
Artist: Maruyama Ōkyo (Japanese, 1733–1795)Date: right screen: 1774; left screen: 1793Medium: Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color and gold on paperAccession: 2015.300.197.1, .2On view in:Not on view
Artist: Kano Chikanobu (Japanese, 1660–1728)Date: 17th–18th centuryMedium: One of a pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gilt on paper; Reverse side: ink, color, and gold on paperAccession: 29.100.498On view in:Gallery 225