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Screen Namban
FO/0633
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

For its date, quality, rarity and for the representation of the merchant ship, probably Portuguese with the cortege consisted of the Capitain-General, knights, merchants, men of the cloth, slaves and interpreters, a social microcosm that reflected progressive globalisation.

History of the Object
This namban screen belongs to a generation of screens that appeared following the originals made by the Japanese of the Kano School, in the late 16th century. The chosen theme is the arrival of the great black ship (kurofune), the name by which the trading ship from Macao was known, the ship’s crew and goods being carried to the beach. The cortege, in which the Portuguese are portrayed with strong facial features, wearing rich garments, also includes servants and slaves, mainly of African origin. Welcoming them are local people and Jesuit priests whose church is a Japanese building adapted to become a Christian temple, in one of the most revealing examples of the way the religious order adjusted to Japanese life.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood (frame), paper, pigments and gold leaf 
Measurements
Height 176 cm. Length 381 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
17th Century - 19th Century: Edo period (1615-1868) 
Function
Decorative. 
Acquisition
Acquired at an auction in 1999. 
Copyright
Copyright of the Photography - Hugo Maertens/BNP Paribas/Museu do Oriente, Lisboa. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Fundação Oriente 
Museum
Fundação Oriente / Museu do Oriente 
Credit line
 

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