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National Treasure Gallery: Senzui Byobu (Screen with landscape painting for Buddhist rituals)

"National Treasure Gallery: Senzui Byobu (Screen with landscape painting for Buddhist rituals)"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 2  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 3, 2018 (Sun)

  
Senzui Byobu (Screen with landscape painting for Buddhist rituals) (detail), Kamakura period, 13th century (National Treasure, Lent by Jingoji, Kyoto)

This folding screen has been preserved at Jingoji temple, an esoteric Buddhist temple in Kyoto, and was used as a backdrop for rituals called “kanjo.” It depicts everyday activities of people of high standing and commoners amongst gentle and expansive mountain ranges. When viewed from a distance, monumental scenery unfolds before one’s eyes, while scrupulous detail is visible up close. This work – the oldest extant folding screen of yamato-e Japanese-style painting – is thought to have been originally used as a furnishing by the nolibity.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 1 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND National Treasure Senzui Byobu (Screen with landscape painting for Buddhist rituals) Kamakura period, 13th century Lent by Jingoji, Kyoto