panels (art)

Two inlaid panels depicting warriors. The two panels have been made into a screen by setting them in wooden frames joined by hinges. Both panels imitate the design arrangement of a hanging scroll. The right hand panel has a pattern above and below the main picture, and two vertical bands in the upper section imitating cloth by means of maki-e (shokkoukin pattern). The surround is lacquered to imitate wood grain. The central picture is of a samurai man hunting with a bow and arrow and a sword, with deer horns on his helmet. There is a tree behind and a dandelion in the foreground. The design is achieved in lacquer and maki-e technique with inlay of various metals, mother-of-pearl, wood, ivory, coral, and water buffalo horn. The front panel of the samurai's armour is of leather with a design of lion and chrysanthemums.

The left hand panel is arranged in the same way, with the same imitation brocade bands and imitation wood sections. The central picture is of a samurai man carrying a halberd and sword, with his servant, who is holding a standard with a butterfly crest on it, furled around a pole. They are looking at two birds flying by. There are violets in the foreground, and kuza and susuki plants in the background. There is a signature in Japanese script carved in an ivory cartouche in the bottom right hand corner, which translates as 'carved by Murakoshi Koumin.'

This type of decoration is known as shibayama and was mainly undertaken in Yokahama. The reverse of each panel is blank.

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