Height: 423.000 mm
Width: 529.000 mm (each)
Asia JA JP ADD1044 (1994.4-12.01)
Shibata Gitō, Acrobats, a 2-fold screen painting
Edo period, early 19th century
This is a
('pillow screen') placed around bedding at night to
protect from draughts. Depicted on the left panel are four acrobats
wearing monkey masks providing entertainment at a shrine festival.
The shrine is not identified, but it is possibly one connected with
the monkey-cult, which was popular in
The figures are painted in the style of the Maruyama-Shijō school, whose founder Maruyama ōkyo (1737-95) had developed a new, naturalistic style to depict, among many other subjects, genre scenes of the urban life of Kyoto. Shibata Gitō (1780-1819) was a pupil of ōkyo's contemporary Go Shun (1752-1811). He died young and his works, characterized by fine brushwork and a light-hearted charm, are relatively rare.
The signature reads 'Gitō sha' ('Painted by Gitō') and the seals together read 'Gitō'.