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Title

Views in and around Kyoto (Rakuchu-Rakugai zu)

circa 1660

Artists

Unknown Artist

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Alternate image of Views in and around Kyoto (Rakuchu-Rakugai zu) by
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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    circa 1660
    Media categories
    Screen , Painting
    Materials used
    pair of six-panel screens (byobu); colour and gold on paper
    Dimensions

    a - right screen - River running across lower half of screen, Kiyomizu temple fourth panel., 125 x 369.8 cm, image

    a - right screen - River running across lower half of screen, Kiyomizu temple fourth panel., 137 x 381.8 cm, screen

    b - left screen - River running across upper half of screen, bridge on right end panel., 125 x 369.8 cm, image

    b - left screen - River running across upper half of screen, bridge on right end panel., 137 x 381.8 cm, screen

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by Mr Kenneth Myer 1980
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    7.1980.a-b
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    Following a long period of strife and civil wars in the fifteenth century, the ancient political and cultural capital of Kyoto was restored to its earlier splendour in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This reconstruction is documented and lauded in screens such as these which, in their panoramic view, record with accuracy and detail the features of the city. Looking eastwards across the Kamo River towards the Higashimaya hills, the area beyond the river at the top of the screens is rakugai (without the city), while the area below is 'rakuchû' (within the city). The lower section of each screen illustrates the busy mercantile life of Kyoto, with the townspeople going about their business in stores and workshops. On the far left of the left screen is the Imperial Palace.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 271.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 14 publications