- Add a touch of Japanese art to your home -
◆ BYŌBU 屏風 - Japanese multi-paneled folding screens
The original function of Japanese folding screen "Byōbu" was to protect areas from the wind, or used to create smaller spaces within a room. They are also commonly displayed as a backdrop for flower vases or pottery and are essential accoutrements accompanying the tea ceremony and Ikebana (flower arranging). Byōbu screens add elegance to any room in your home.
The visuals on Byōbu are often thematic, commonly portraying the four seasons or a larger landscape. Gold leaf is often incorporated into the background of the designs to enhance their vibrancy and statement as a symbol of wealth.
◆ MINI Byōbu screen (foldable) - 3 models are available -
Luxurious small Byōbu screen (measuring approximately 15 cm -23 cm height) are miniaturized works from masterpieces of Japanese art. It is suitable for placement around the front door or windows, giving a distinguished atmosphere. You may enjoy displaying your collections of toys, cards or your favorite plants by using this small folding screen as ideal background.
These Byōbu screens are made in Kyoto from quality Japanese paper and fine foil.
The format for Byōbu are two-, four- and six-panel screens, as shown following.
"The Summer battle of Osaka"
2-panel folding screens
140 x 270 mm
"Osaka-Natsu-no-Jin" (大阪夏の陣) by Kuroda Nagamasa (8m-long, 6-panel folding screen, depiction of scene on May 8, 1615), Important Cultural Property.
The "Siege of Osaka" (divided into two stages Winter, and Summer Campaign, lasting from 1614 to 1615), it was a series of battles undertaken by the Tokugawa shogunate against the Toyotomi clan, and ending in that clan's destruction.
The panoramic screens show the scenes from the folding screen depicting the "Sieg of Osaka Castle" in the Osaka Castle Museam. Those epic and dynamic screens are great instructions to understand the history.
"Irises, Ogata Korin"
4-panel folding screens
235 x 470 mm
"Kakitsubata-zu-Byoubu" (燕子花図屏風) by Ogata Korin (尾形光琳 1658-1716), a pair of gold-ground six-panel screens, National Treasure.
Inarguably the most renowned iris painting in Japan. The proud owner of this original masterpiece is the Nezu Museum in Tokyo.
The kakitsubata Iris ("rabbit-ear iris" in English) seems to occupy a special place in Japanese hearts. Its affinity for damp, marshy soil makes it ideal for planting along garden ponds, and its sensual violet blossoms make it a favorite subject of artists over the centuries.
"Flowers and Birds of Autumn"
6-panel folding screens
140 x 370 mm
"Shiki-Kacho, Autumn" (四季花鳥, 秋), Neither the author nor the inborn is unknown, however, it is identified “Kano-style”, famous traditional Japanese painting styles.
This lovely cover picture depicts birds in their natural habitats, carefully observed and drawn with fine detail and attractive color. On the left side, maple tree in their symbolized autumn colors are richly drawn.
It is thought that there was originally a sliding door showing the four seasons, forming a painting of birds and flowers of each seasons and are expressing a shift in the seasons from spring, summer, autumn to winter. There is no doubt that Birds and Flowers of Autumn is an extremely important work as a large painting from the early part of the Edo period.
The multi-paneled folding screens featured paper hinge designs.
The cover pictures are replicated from masterpieces which have been handed down for many centuries, registred as national treasures, important properties and so on. This is sure to make your room elegant and cultural all the more, and is the best for not only an interior ornament, but a gift.
* The product comes in the washi cardboard box.
[Material]... paper, foil / <frame> Kinran-brocade, prastic
[Size / Weight]... Art.-No. 1) H. 140 mm x L. 270 mm x D. 5 mm / 90 g
Art.-No. 2) H. 235 mm x L. 470 mm x D. 5 mm / 250 g
Art.-No. 3) H. 140 mm x L. 370 mm x D. 5 mm / 160 g
[Printing] Screen printing - Siebdruck
Manufacturer... Fukui Asahido Co., Ltd.
Made in Kyoto/Japan
--- NOTE ---
*The color might be slightly different from the actual product due to the monitor’s display.
*Byobu should not be put in direct sunlight. Also, with age there may be some warping.