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Title

Spring and summer activities on the seashore

1688-1703

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Mount Sumiyoshi (previous title)
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1688-1703
    Media categories
    Screen , Painting
    Materials used
    single six-panel screen; ink, colour and gold on paper
    Dimensions
    151.0 x 348.8 cm image; 166.5 x 364.6 cm screen
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1987
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    584.1987
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    A beautiful and classic evocation of the Japanese aesthetic, this screen portrays the softly contoured hills partially shrouded in clouds. In the top left a shinto shrine floats above the clouds, and in contrast the right section of the screen illustrates lowly saltmakers on the shore, the figures rendered with an endearing detail and not without humour. The semi-abstract quality of the deliberately asymmetrical composition and the sumptuous combination of greens and gold are characteristic of the native Japanese style of 'yamato-e' painting. This style, based on outline and flat colour, had its origins in the literary interests of the Heian period, when such themes as the four seasons and famous scenic places brought a fresh and distinctively Japanese inspiration to native imagery and creativity.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications