panel (art)

One of 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.

This, 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 pattern of lion and chrysanthemums.

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

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