early to mid-1700s
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Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, gold, silver, and gilding on paper
Each screen: 155 x 368.5 cm (61 x 145 1/16 in.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2021.132
One plant in these screens, tumeric, or ukon in Japanese, is found in Okinawa.
The painter Watanabe Shikō had a special interest in scientific realism, based on interactions with his patron Konoe Iehiro. Shikō combined his attention to accurate depiction of plants with strong ink outlines and decorative elements like gold and silver, arriving at an innovative style that influenced many of his peers in the city of Kyoto.
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