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Large Japanese 6-panel byôbu 屏風 (folding screen) of perched taka 鷹 (hawks)

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Wonderful large six-panel byôbu (folding screen) covered with six separate hanging scroll paintings (kakejiku) depicting different taka (hawks) perched on rocks and branches situated in different seasons. Their fearsome beauty and predatory features—sharp beaks, keen eyes, long curving talons— with an intense expression seen in the face of each bird, made them metaphors of martial training and the warrior spirit. Falconry hunting with hawks bred in the countryside was practiced in Japan from ancient times. As a sport it is thought to have come to Japan from China as early as the fourth century. During the Edo Period, it was patronized by the Shogunate, and an official master falconer was appointed. It also became popular among warriors, and many paintings of falcons and prized hawks with their solemn and majestic appearance came to be created in large numbers from the late Muromachi Period onwards. The paintings are mainly done in black ink with some polychrome details set on a paper ground, mounted by paper panels with two silk borders, a golden brocade black thin one, and a broad navy blue one. Protected by a black lacquer frame with its original hardware. Dimensions: Total width: 144.72 in/367.6 cm (2 x 24.64 in/62.6 cm and 4 x 23.85 in/60.6 cm); Height: 65.74 in/167 cm. The room divider is ideal for mounting flat on a wall and presenting as a single work of art. When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity. Price including insured shipping.
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 65.75 in (167 cm)Width: 144.73 in (367.6 cm)Depth: 0.75 in (1.9 cm)
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  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    First half 19th century (Late Edo period)
  • Condition:
    Reupholstered. Repaired: Please take a close look at the photos of the larger restoration in the first panel and of some repapering at the back. Wear consistent with age and use. It is in a good restored condition with traces of age, wear and restorations, like superficial scratches paper -loss and discoloration. For a clear condition reference please look at the photos as well.
  • Seller Location:
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: B42541stDibs: LU7165235921552
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