East Asian Art
Companion to Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1938-31-1Made in Japan, Asia
Edo Period (1615-1868), Early 17th century
Artist/maker unknown, Japanese
Ink, color, and gold on paper; mounted as one of a pair of six-fold screens
Currently not on view
1953-32-1Gift of Mrs. Francis E. Green, 1953
LabelFrom 1604 until 1635, the Japanese government granted "red-seal" licenses to oceangoing merchant ships to trade with regions south of Japan, including Indochina, the Philippines, Macao, and Taiwan. On this screen, Japanese and Portuguese sailors (the earliest Europeans to come to Japan) make music, drink, wrestle, perform tricks, play go, and eat to entertain themselves aboard ship.