shiro-e byoubu 白絵屏風
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Also read shira-e byoubu. A folding screen bearing, motifs painted in ink or mica *kirara 雲母粉 on a white silk surface (see *hakubyou 白描). Each monochrome panel is bordered in white brocade. Motifs are customarily the auspicious emblems of the phoenix *houou 鳳凰 with paulownia kiri 桐 and bamboo. After the 15c cranes and tortoises with pine and bamboo became a popular subject. Because shiro-e byobu were set up in rooms where babies were born, they are often called ubuya byoubu 産所屏風 meaning birthplace screen. Similar screens were occasionally used at wedding ceremonies through the Edo period.


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