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Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons

Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons
Pair of six-panel folding screens, color on paper
Edo period, 18th century
Gift of Ii Family

The unusual folding screens incorporate bamboo blinds. Flowers and birds representing each season are arranged on a gold-colored ground, creating a sumptuous visual effect. Representing the seasonal progression from right to left, as opposed to representing a given moment in time, is a pictorial convention traditional to Japan.

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