Shikanji Shoichi. Folding Screen (byobu) with Bamboo in Spring. about 1935-1955. Lacquer, silver, eggshell, wood. Funds from the David A. Yeakley bequest. 2012.294.
height: 63 1/4 in, 160.6550 cm; width: 59 7/8 in, 152.0825 cm
Folding Screen (byobu) with Bamboo in Spring
by Shikanji Zuisho (Shikanji Shoichi), (1911-90)
Japan, Toyama Prefecture
about 1935-55, Showa period
Lacquer, silver, eggshell, wood
Funds from the David A. Yeakley Bequest
Shikanji Zuisho, an artist from Toyama prefecture, decorated this screen with an image of bamboo in springtime, when new shoots emerge from the ground. The bamboo is executed in the burnished sprinkled picture technique (togidashi makie) and eggshell inlay (rankaku). The edges and nodes of the bamboo were inlaid with raised silver, and silver was also used for the screen’s mounts. The extensive use of silver and the bold composition of the screen suggest that the screen was made for submission into an exhibition, not as a private commission.
At least 2000-2012, Kaigedo Japanese Art, Seattle WA, acquired at auction in Japan; 2012, DAM collection, museum purchase.
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