Two fine & luxuriously painted scrolls (260 x 4900 mm.; 260 x 4930 mm.) on...
[Japan: early mid-Edo].
The theme of the four seasons of rice cultivation has had an extensive presence within Japanese art and literature. These two luxury festive scrolls beautifully depict the year-long cycle of rice growing in Japan, along with the ancillary activities that took place during the year in the countryside, including falconry, growing vegetables and fruits, seasonal festivals, ways of relaxation, and the annual tribute of rice to the fiefdom lord. The activities shown on these scrolls have much in common with Brueghel paintings, and vividly depict country life.
We learn from the labels and handwriting on the original... More