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Important Cultural Property, "Namban Screens"

Namban Screens (left)   Namban Screens (right)

These images are based on the high resolution facsimile produced by the Tsuzuri Project. Unauthorized copying, duplication, or transfer of these images is strictly prohibited.


  • Artist: Kano Naizen
  • Historical era: Azuchi-Momoyama (16th to 17th century)
  • Material: Printed on washi, with gold leafs applied
  • Medium: Pair of six-fold screens
  • Theme: High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
  • Size: Each screen 154.5 x 363.2 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient: Kobe City Museum
  • [Original]
  • Current owner: Kobe City Museum
  • Material: Gold-colored paper

DESCRIPTION

Kano Naizen was the son of a vassal to Araki Murashige, lord of the Itami castle at Settsu, who was later overthrown by Oda Nobunaga. Naizen became an apprentice painter under Shoei Kano, and eventually became the imperial house painter of the Toyotomi family. Namban (Barbarians from the South) screens were painted quite frequently during the period of Momoyama and Edo. This work is one of the best masterpieces of that time. The right screen (shown below) shows traded goods being unloaded on Japanese shores, and the Captain General proceeding through a merchant district toward a Christian temple. The screen on the left shows ships leaving port against an exotic backdrop that appears to go beyond imagination.

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