taisou byoubu  太宗屏風
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
A type of folding screen *byoubu 屏風 used in the Imperial Palace during the Heian period. Frequently mentioned in Heian records, such screens were put out on many different occasions, but their subject-matter is still unclear. Since the term taisou 太宗, or founder of a dynasty, is often associated with the Chinese Tang dynasty, the screens thus designated may have been decorated with paintings on Chinese subjects *kara-e 唐絵; one theory holds that they depicted men in the costume of the Chinese Tang dynasty playing polo on horseback. Also written with characters meaning Great Song or 大宋.


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