Screen with Design of Orchids
Artist/maker unknown, Japanese
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The anonymous artist of this screen has chosen to beautiful effect the path of simplicity, emphasizing unadorned expression akin to the mingei (folk art) ideal over technical bravura. The two large zelkova burl panels are mounted Chinese-style in footed frames with metal hinges. The panels are inlaid with ivory to form orchid flowers, with wood for the leaves and the dead tree trunk on which the plants grow.