An image of Views in and around Kyoto (Rakuchu-Rakugai zu)

Unknown Artist

Views in and around Kyoto (Rakuchu-Rakugai zu)

Location
Not on display
Further information

Following a long period of strife and civil wars in the fifteenth century, the ancient political and cultural capital of Kyoto was restored to its earlier splendour in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This reconstruction is documented and lauded in screens such as these which, in their panoramic view, record with accuracy and detail the features of the city. Looking eastwards across the Kamo River towards the Higashimaya hills, the area beyond the river at the top of the screens is rakugai (without the city), while the area below is 'rakuchĂ»' (within the city). The lower section of each screen illustrates the busy mercantile life of Kyoto, with the townspeople going about their business in stores and workshops. On the far left of the left screen is the Imperial Palace.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 271.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
circa 1660
Media
Painting
Medium
pair of six-fold screens; colour and gold on paper
Dimensions
a - right screen - River running across lower half of ; 125 x 369.8 cm; image
a - right screen - River running across lower half of ; 137 x 381.8 cm; screen
b - left screen - River running across upper half of s; 125 x 369.8 cm; image
b - left screen - River running across upper half of s; 137 x 381.8 cm; screen
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by Mr Kenneth Myer 1980
Accession number
7.1980.a-b