Set of Four Sliding Doors (Fusuma): Tigers on Gold
Kano School painting of amorous tigers enticing each other in a misty bamboo grove. Rich quality 17th century gold leaf with good veining is used along with mineral pigments and ink to depict the movement of the tigers as well as the floating misty clouds on mulberry paper. Gilded bronse door pulls with floral design. Each panel is backed by silver leaf and vignettes of 17th century Tosa school paintings ranging from the tales of Genji and scenes in and around the capital of Kyoto. Japan; c.1650. each panel measures: 69 1/2"h. x 45 1/4" Tigers as a subject for painting became popular among Japanese artists as early as the 15th century when Chinese examples were brought to Japan. Within Zen monasteries, they became symbols of the earthbound spirit and were often paired with images of dragons, which are symbols of the soaring enlightened spirit. Among Japan's military elite, they were symbols of power, and artists often painted them among thick trunks of bamboo, a plant admired for its strength and resiliency. Within the context of an impressive reception hall, such large scale paintings contributed to the grandeur of the setting. Since tigers were not native to Japan, artists had to conjecture how they actually looked based on imported hides. As a result, they often appear to be overgrown domestic cats.
- 69 1/2" h x 181" w x 1" d
- 176.5cm h x 459.7cm w x 2.5cm d
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