Antique Japanese byobu (screen painting) depicting a tiger. Standing in a bamboo grove, he looks upwards towards the gathering storm clouds. Bamboo leaves start to blow in the wind. Nearby a small stream crashes over rocks. The tiger and the dragon are often seen together in Japanese art. The tiger represents the wind and the West while the dragon represents water and the East. In this painting the tiger looks back over his shoulder up at the gathering clouds in anticipation, expecting that soon his dragon counter part will reveal himself in the coming storm. Painted in sumi ink on silver leaf.
Age: Edo Period (1603-1867)
Dimensions: 67″ high x 148″ long