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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Artist, school of: Sugimura Jihei, fl. ca. 1681 - 1703

Views of Eastern Kyoto

late 17th century

Pair of six-panel folding screens: ink, color, and gold on paper

unframed (Each): 37 5/16 × 109 5/8 in.(94.8 × 278.4 cm) framed (Each): 42 1/2 × 114 13/16 in.(108 × 291.6 cm)
Purchased with a gift from the B. D. G. Leviton Foundation and the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2002.51.1.1-.2
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Edo period (1615–1868)
Classification: 
Paintings
Geography: 
Japan
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

According to information given by the dealer, Mr. Marumoto, the screens belonged to a prominent family of obi sash makers in Kyoto until about ten years ago. They were displayed by the family at the front of their residence in Yamaboko-chô on the eve of the Gion Festival in July of each year. When the family had to sell the screens, they chose to do so through an art club in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, rather than through a dealer in Kyoto so as not to draw any attention to themselves. To this day they still wish to have their identity undisclosed. Mr. Fujii, a conservator of Japanese art, bought the screens in Matuse and then sold them to Professor Nobuhiko Furuko, President of the Environmental Study Organization (Seikatsu Kankyô Kenkyûkai Kaichô). Professor Furuko consigned them to Mr. Marumoto for sale in New York during Asia Week in March of 2002.

Bibliography: 

Jack Ronald Hillier, The Japanese Print: A New Approach (Rutland, Vt.: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1960), 18–26, pl. 2, 3, 4.

Kiyoshi Shibui, Nikuhitsu ukiyoe bijinga shusei, 2 vols. (Tokyo: Mainichi Shinbunsha, 1983), 109–10, pl. 7.

Masao Kawashima, “Rakuchu rakugai” no shakaishi (Kyoto: Shibunkaku Shuppan, 1999).

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