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Japanese Screen Painting, Circa 1700 'Tales of Ise' by Tosa Mitsusuke

$28,000

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A six-fold Japanese screen by Tosa Mitsusuke (1675-1710), Japan 17th-18th century, Edo period. The signature reads Shoroku-i ge Tosa sa Konoe Shogen Mitsusuke Hiitsu. The seal is illegible. Ink, pigments and gold-leaf on paper. This small screen displays seven narratives of the Tale of Ise, each meticulously brushed with rich pigments on a gold-leaf background. Artists of the Tosa school painted for the imperial court and aristocratic patrons, their subject matter most commonly based on themes from Japanese literature. There is no set order for reading the screen. Rather, the viewer is encouraged to wander at leisure, recalling the scenes pictured and the sentiments they evoke. The Tales of Ise are presumed to detail episodes in the life of Ariwara no Narihira (825-880), a celebrated poet and nobleman of early Heian court society. First appearing in the tenth century, the Tales are a compilation of more than one hundred brief episodes that culminate in one or more poems. Poetry was central to the cultural life of Japanese aristocracy and its influence peaked in the Heian period. In the Tales of Ise, the prose is designed primarily to provide settings for the poems, which are characterised by an appreciation of nature’s beauty and a pervasive awareness of life’s impermanence. Tosa Mitsusuke was the 18th head of the Tosa school. He is the son of Tosa Mitsunari (1646-1710). Successive heads of the Tosa school served the emperors as Edokoro-Azukari (official painters for the Imperial Palace). This title was passed to Mitsusuke, from his father, in 1696. In 1709, it is recorded that Mitsusuke, with Kano Tsunenobu, painted sliding doors in the Imperial Palace and the Sento Palace. Dimensions: Screen – H. 28” x W. 91” (66 cm by 232 cm).

Details

  • Creator
    Tosa Mitsusuke 1 (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Width: 91 in. (231.14 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Edo (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    Late 17th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1700
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Kyoto, JP
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU247236417133

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    $375 Front Door Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 8-13 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Kyoto, Japan
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 10 days of delivery.

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