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BYŌBU 屏風 - Japanese multi-paneled folding screen

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) 

The luxurious small Byōbu screens (measuring 14 cm - 23 cm height) are miniaturized and replicated works inspired from masterpieces of Japanese art which have been handed down for many centuries, and registred as national treasures, important properties and so on.

You might enjoy displaying the Byōbu screen as a backdrop for your interior objects, such as figurines, treasure ornaments, or favorite plant. It is sure to make your collection a distinguished elegant all the more.


These Byōbu screens are made of the quality Japanese paper and fine foil, and the pictures are by screen printing (Siebdruck).
The format for Byōbu we offer you are two-, four-, and six-panel screens. Item comes in a beutiful Japanese paper box.




"The Summer battle of Osaka"

2-panel folding screen 

H.14 x 27 cm


[original masterpiece]
"Osaka-Natsu-no-Jin" (大阪夏の陣)  by Kuroda Nagamasa (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. 

Original panoramic view of the screen about  8 m-long, 6-panel folding screen, is a property of Osaka Castle Museam. The magnificent and dynamic screen is a wonderful commentary for understanding the history of the castle.


"Irises, Ogata Korin" 

4-panel folding screen   

H.23,5 x 47 cm


[original masterpiece]

"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. By Ogata Kōrin who is a Japanese painter, lacquerer and designer of the Rinpa school. 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 screen 

H.14 x 37 cm


[related masterpiece]
"Shiki-Kachō, Autumn" (四季花鳥, 秋),  Neither the author nor the inborn is unknown, however, it is identified “Kano-style”. 


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 to winter. There is no doubt that the art is an extremely important work as a large painting from the early part of the Edo period.



2-panel folding screen 

H.16 x 30 cm


[original masterpiece]
"Botan-zu Fusuma" (牡丹図襖) by Kano Sanraku (狩野山楽 1559-1635)

16th century, stored at Daikakuji Temple, Kyoto 

Important cultural propaerty


This miniature work is inspired by the Kano school's "Peonies" which forms part of former 18-faced fusuma (Japanese sliding doors) surrounding the hall of Daikakuji Temple in Kyoto.


The contrast between the large peonies and the garden stone is boldly drawn and exudes the elegance of the palace. The handles of the sliding doors are also painted in the center of each side of the screen. Although small, this mini Byōbu screen has been elaborately reproduced in great detail.


"Flower cart

2-panel folding screen   

H.21 x 27 cm


[related masterpiece]

"Hanaguruma zu" (花車図)

The festival cart motif is painted on different media from golden screens to Ukiyo-e, and becomes fully popularized as an attractive motif of good luck.



2-panel screen with a design of a festival cart called "Hanaguruma". The lacquered cart is filed to the brim with flowers such as poenies, irises, and wisteria. The painting is beautifully done in deep antique gold.


Today, many representative works exist and are displayed at the Tokyo National Museum, Nagoya Castle Museum, and Shinsho Gokurakuji Temple and so on.


"Cranes and Pine Tree"   

2-panel folding screen 

H.23 x 27 cm


[related masterpiece]
"Matsu ni Tsuru" (松に鶴) 

“Kano-style”, famous traditional Japanese painting styles. Both auspicious motifs crane and pine tree are fully popular design in Japan, to celebrate longevity. 


This is a beautiful two-panel folding screen in the style of the Kano School, depicting five red-crowned cranes and an evergreen pine tree as symbols of luck and longevity.


The brilliant colors, strong ink outlines, and golden background are typical of the decorative style established by Kano Motonobu (1476-1559), founder of the Kano School.