Collections: Asian Art: Scenes from the Tale of Genji

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    Scenes from the Tale of Genji

    The port cities of colonial Spanish America were thriving centers of trade in international luxury goods. Japanese screens were recorded in New Spain by 1614, when Edo period examples decorated with golden clouds were introduced as diplomatic gifts. These biombos—whose name is derived from byobu, the Japanese word for folding screen—found immediate favor with the viceroyalty’s prosperous elite, inspiring Mexican variations throughout the colonial period (see nearby example).

    Las ciudades portuarias de la Hispanoamérica colonial eran prósperos centros del comercio internacional de objetos de lujo. Los biombos japoneses aparecen registrados en la Nueva España desde 1614, cuando algunos ejemplares del periodo Edo decorados con nubes de oro se presentaron como regalos diplomáticos. Estos biombos—cuyo nombre proviene de byobu, la palabra japonesa para pantalla plegable—encontraron el inmediato favor de la próspera élite de los virreyes y sirvieron de inspiración para versiones mexicanas durante todo el periodo colonial (ver ejemplo cercano).

    • Medium: Six-panel screen, ink and color on paper
    • Dates: first half of 17th century
    • Period: Edo Period
    • Dimensions: Overall: 66 3/8 x 150 in. (168.6 x 381 cm) each panel: 66 3/8 x 25 in. (168.6 x 63.5 cm) image (outer panel): 60 x 22 in. (152.4 x 55.9 cm) image (inner panel): 60 x 24 1/2 in. (152.4 x 62.2 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
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    • Accession Number: 81.283
    • Credit Line: Gift of Dr. John Fleming
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Scenes from the Tale of Genji, first half of 17th century. Six-panel screen, ink and color on paper, Overall: 66 3/8 x 150 in. (168.6 x 381 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. John Fleming, 81.283. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 81.283_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Record Completeness: Good (62%)
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