Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Japanese Yuzen Birodo Silk Panel with Lions, Meiji Era

In Animals > Show & Tell and Asian > Japanese Antiques > Show & Tell.
Animals864 of 7385one shelfGlass dachshunds
10
Love it
0
Like it

WatchsearcherWatchsearcher loves this.
kyratangokyratango loves this.
RichmondLoriRichmondLori loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
racer4fourracer4four loves this.
auraaura loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
NewfldNewfld loves this.
kwqdkwqd loves this.
dav2no1dav2no1 loves this.
See 8 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.


    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate


    Posted 1 year ago

    aesthete1880
    (26 items)

    This beautiful silk Japanese panel (85cm x 137cm) of the Meiji era (1868-1912) features lions on the prowl in a ravine with a small descending stream and palm trees. The three-dimensional quality of the lions is due in part to the painterly technique of yuzen birodo or dyed cut-velvet. These pieces involved a multiple stage process: (1) hand-weaving of the silk velvet with the insertion of copper wires to create loops, (2) painting and resist-dying of the uncut piece, and (3) careful cutting with a sharp blade of loops in small areas to create tufted pile and enhance the sense of depth. The discovery of the technique around 1880 is attributed to Nishimura Sozayemon and his famous Kyoto studio.

    The panel is mounted on a dragon- and cloud- patterned silk brocade surround. In the lower right-hand corner, the piece is signed ORyu (King Dragon?) in Kanji. Lions became a popular art subject in Japan around the turn-of-the century after paintings by Takeuchi Seiho. Some believe that Japanese export textiles of this era achieved an unparalleled level of sophistication, as detailed in the Ashmolean's exhibit, Threads of Silk and Gold: Ornamental Textiles for Meiji Japan, and Vollmer's edited work, Re-envisioning Japan: Meiji Fine Art Textiles.

    logo
    Animals
    See all
    Set of 7 pcs Vintage Golden Indian Elephant Family Statues Wealth Lucky Figurine
    Set of 7 pcs Vintage Golden Indian ...
    $21
    Small Antique Chinese 16/17thC Ming Dynasty Pig Head Blue Porcelain Jar
    Small Antique Chinese 16/17thC Ming...
    $87
    2Pc Antique Chinese Silver & Enamel Brooches Jade Carvings Lingzhi & Duck (LeS)
    2Pc Antique Chinese Silver & Enamel...
    $280
    RARE ANTIQUE CHINESE TIBETAN SILVER ENAMEL ORANGE CORAL DUCK FORM WINE EWER JUG
    RARE ANTIQUE CHINESE TIBETAN SILVER...
    $215
    logo
    Set of 7 pcs Vintage Golden Indian Elephant Family Statues Wealth Lucky Figurine
    Set of 7 pcs Vintage Golden Indian ...
    $21
    See all

    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 1 year ago
      Ferocious and beautiful lion landscape, this is a fabulous silk panel thanks for sharing
    2. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      Wow, what an incredible tapestry.
    3. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 1 year ago
      Thanks Newfld! Thanks racer4four!
    4. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 1 year ago
      To view more Meiji-era Japanese textiles, see the Ashmolean's Threads of Silk and Gold online exhibit at: http://www.jameelcentre.ashmolean.org/collection/6980/10117/10222
    5. aesthete1880 aesthete1880, 1 year ago
      For Vollmer's description of four yuzen birodo screen panels by the well-known Takashimaya Company, see: https://johnevollmer.com/meiji-discoveries/set-four-yuzen-birodo-screen-panels/

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.