Antique Japanese byobu screen painting in six panels depicting a scene of a pair of pheasants sitting on the branch of a weeping willow tree. Ever feather is painted with care as is every leaf on the cascading willow. Lichen grows on it’s gnarled trunk and a river flows calmly by. New shoots of bamboo peek over a low lying gold mist and pink azaleas spring from the rocks near the water.
Paired pheasants are a symbol of imperial elegance and are associated with Amaterasu-Omikami, goddess of the sun. According to legend Amaterasu is the ancestress of the imperial family of Japan.
Age: Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 66″ high x 148″ long