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5577C

Antique Japanese Scsreen with Bird Carving
Item No. 5577C

19th - 20th Century, N/A, Japan
Wood
69.75" x 36.75" x 1.25"
( 177.165 x 93.345 x 3.175 cm)
(H x W x D)

Antique screens such as this are made from wood and bamboo and are placed indise door frames in traditional homes and other traditional architectural structures so that they can easily open and close by sliding back and forth. Privacy is imperitive in Japanese culture, and, although these screens are not soundproofing devices, privacy in Japan is considered secure as long as people are not seen. From early on and as children, the Japanese are taught to ignore the sounds and conversations they hear and cannot see taking place, and they are also taught to converse in a quiet manner that will not interrupt or disturb the thoughts or actions of others.

The vertical reeds in the screen are kept in place here with the use of six bamboo strips that fun horizonally from side to side, and the reeds are tied to these strips with string to secure them. The wood frame and the thin orizontal carved wood panel in the center have grooves cut out so the reeds can fit inside the grooved track and not be dislodged. The panel is a extremely simple but elegant carving in negative of birds flying above a hilly landscape.

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