ARTIST : It is the work of Atsumi Biho (1893-1973). He was a student of Kishinami Kyakuso and specialized in painting figures and landscapes.
AGE : late Taisho or early Showa period
SIZE : The screen measures 130'' by 54'' (262 by 137 cm).
DESCRIPTION : A smaller six-fold screen from the late Taisho or early Showa period, circa 1930. An idyllic scene featuring a young girl in a rural setting. She is holding a kikyo, or Japanese bellflower, which is intimately associated with the autumn season in Japanese culture. Her hairstyle typifies the early Taisho and Showa periods as does her woven kusuri kimono. Brilliant shades of green, orange and plum contrast dramatically against the silver leaf background.
TECHNIQUE : It has been painted on silver leaf with pigments and gofun.
CONDITION : The screen is in reasonable condition. One of the hinges is split. There are areas of oxidation on the silver leaf and there is one very small knock to the front of the girl's blouse.