The Kitano Shrine
36 x 114 in. (91.4 x 289.6 cm)
Medium and Support:
Watercolor and ink with gold leaf
Gift of the Xerox Corporation
Location: Not currently on view
This screen shows the Kitano shrine, which had been a popular destination for religious pilgrims in Japan from the earliest medieval times. In the second panel from the right, an inscription on the plaque at the gate identifies the shrine. The setting shows a large crowd of people drawn from all levels of Japanese society pouring into the shrine precinct on a festival day. While richly dressed aristocrats and their retinues approach the shrine, other visitors engage in pastimes such as archery and dancing.
Screens like this were produced in Japan almost from the beginning of her history. They became an indispensable element of domestic architecture and of Japanese life, serving as both utilitarian room dividers and as treasured works of art.
[Gallery label text, 2006]