A SUPERB KANO SCHOOL SIX-PANEL ‘TIGER AND DRAGON’ BYOBU SCREEN A SUPERB KANO SCH…
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A SUPERB KANO SCHOOL SIX-PANEL ‘TIGER AND DRAGON’ BYOBU SCREEN

A SUPERB KANO SCHOOL SIX-PANEL ‘TIGER AND DRAGON’ BYOBU SCREEN Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Ink and watercolors on paper. Mounted on silk brocade on six lacquered wood panels with chased metal fittings. Finely painted to depict a tiger on a cliff growling at a dragon soaring high in the skies above, below crashing waves. Inscriptions: Stamped with a red pot ‘tsubo’ seal. SIZE 375 x 169 cm Condition: Very good condition with minor wear. Tiny losses, scratches, and very minor soiling. Small tears with associated repairs. Overall presenting beautifully. Provenance: Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 12 May 2009, London, lot 54 ( sold for GBP 6,960). An important private collection In Europe, acquired from the above. Tiger and dragon are Chinese cosmological symbols of the balancing forces in the world, yin (the feminine aspect) and yang (the masculine aspect). The tiger's roar is also said to generate wind, and the dragon clouds. The screens may have originally been meant to express the fluctuating nature of the world as envisioned in the practice of military divination, or forecasting, based on the Yijing (Book of Changes).

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A SUPERB KANO SCHOOL SIX-PANEL ‘TIGER AND DRAGON’ BYOBU SCREEN

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