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Genre Scenes (Fūzoku byōbu)

A work made of six-fold screen; ink, color, gold and silver on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of six-fold screen; ink, color, gold and silver on paper.


About 1640


Artist unknown

About this artwork

The large building complex depicted here contains a bathhouse, teahouse, kitchen, puppet-show theater, and a games room. Inside, commoners and aristocrats alike enjoy the various forms of entertainment, while outside, people dance, play music, and wrestle. A kasamawashi, a street performer who balances objects on a spinning umbrella, performs to the left of the dancers. In scenes of merriment like this one, Japanese artists often depicted figures fighting—this painting includes a sumo match and people arguing over a game of shōgi—to emphasize the heightened levels of energy and excitement.


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Arts of Asia


Genre Scenes (Fūzoku byōbu)


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1640


Six-fold screen; ink, color, gold and silver on paper


Painting: 147 × 349 cm (57 7/8 × 137 7/16 in.); Frame: 160.5 × 364 cm (63 1/4 × 143 5/16 in.)

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Gift of Robert Allerton

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