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Genre Scene (The Hikone Screen)

Genre Scene (The Hikone Screen)
National Treasures designated by the Japanese government
Edo period, l7th century
Six-panel folding screen, color on gilded paper
Gift of Ii Family

Acclaimed as a masterwork of a genre subject, this screen is also known as the “Hikone Screen,” because it has been in the collection of the Ii family of Hikone domain. The highly accomplished composition, detailed brushwork, vivid portrayal of the manners and activities of people, and rich symbolism contribute to the multifaceted appeal of this work.

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