Screen with four leaves in Japanese lacquer, animal decoration, representing different birds in their natural element. Maki-e decor. Good condition, except for a few small chips on the outside and slight cracks. Japan, circa 1870. each sheet:
Maki-e (?, literally: "strewn painting", or "sprinkled image") is a form of lacquer art practiced in Japan. The lacquered surface is sprinkled with gold or silver powder, using a makizutsu or a kebo brush. The technique was developed mainly in the Heian period (794–1185) and flourished in the Edo period (1603–1868). The maki-e objects were originally designed as interior items for court nobles. They quickly gained popularity and were adopted by royal families and military leaders as a symbol of power
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