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Screen

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    circa 1890-1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Yasumasa (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory with lacquered panel

  • Credit Line:

    Margary Gift

  • Museum number:

    W.22-1969

  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 4

  • Public access description

    This screen typifies works associated with the Shibayama family, even though it was not made by a member of the family. Shibayama work involved the intricate inlay of a wide variety of materials on to various grounds, often lacquer. It was extremely popular with the western market and appealed high Victorian taste. Works of this type was also exhibited at domestic exhibitions where members of the family won prize. Since this type of very elaborated work is normally associated with Meiji period, it was probably the work of Yasumasa II.

  • Physical description

    Ivory frame and panel in the form of bamboo, panel with a dragon and clouds, tiger in a stream; gold screen decorated on one side in lacquer, shell and coral in Shibayama style with a hawk on a stand; on the other side flowers, birds and butterflies in black, gold, silver and red togidashi maki-e lacquer. Inlaid with a seal-mark Yasumasa.

  • Marks and inscriptions

    Yasumasa, artist's name

  • Dimensions

    Height: 25.5 cm estimate through the cabinet

  • Descriptive line

    Screen, ivory frame in the form of bamboo, panel with a dragon and clouds, tiger in a stream; gold screen decorated on one side in lacquer, shell and coral in Shibayama style with a hawk on a stand; on the other side flowers, birds and butterflies in black, gold, silver and red togidashi maki-e lacquer. Inlaid with a seal-mark Yasumasa, Japan, circa 1890-1910.

  • Labels and date

    Table screen
    1890–1910
    Marked ‘Yasumasa’
    Ivory and gold lacquer with hardstone, shell and coral
    Margary Gift
    Museum no. W.22-1969
    [04/11/2015]

  • Collection code

    East Asia Collection