Scenes In and Around Kyoto

Scenes In and Around Kyoto

Object Title:

Scenes In and Around Kyoto


ca. 1611-1615




Ink, colors and gold on paper


61 x 142 7/16 in. (155 x 361.8 cm)

Credit Line:

Gift of Mrs. Charles M. Cooke, 1932 (3455)



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Pairs of folding screens depicting bird's-eye views of the city of Kyoto were popular from the late Momoyama period (1573-1615) onward, and some eighty versions of this composition survive today. Such screens focus on the Kamo River and Higashiyama (Eastern Hills) sections of the city. Here many of the city's famous sites are identified by small paper labels that were pasted onto the surface. The left screen centers on Nijö Castle, built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603 as a residence for the Tokugawa Shoguns when they visited the imperial capital from Edo (modern Tokyo). Visible at the upper right corner of the right screen is the Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple with its balcony on tall pillars built overlooking the city; at the upper right corner of the left screen is the Muromachi-period Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), its roof decorated with a gold phoenix. (2006)