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Iida & Co., Kyoto

Embroidered folding screen c.1880-1900

Wood, lacquer, silk and silk thread, leather, gilt-brass, watercolour, paper, mother-of-pearl, copper alloy | 192.5 x 73.7 x 3.2 cm (each leaf) | RCIN 42037

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A four-leaf Japanese folding screen, each fold comprising a a black lacquered frame joined by three sets of leather thongs, a small lacquered lower panel decorated with pale blue flower shapes in mother-of-pearl and leaf shapes in gilt, and a large embroidered silk upper panel.  The first of the main panels is embroidered cranes and a tree and flowers; the next with duck, birds and a tree and flowers; the third with long tailed birds and a tree and flowers; the last with a peacock, other birds and a tree and flowers.  The reverse painted with a landscape of mountain, trees and waterfall.