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Arrival of a Portuguese ship, one of a pair (Nanban screens)
南蛮屏風 江戸時代
Place of Origin: Japan
Date: approx. 1620-1640
Historical Period: Edo period (1615-1868)
Object Name: Six panel folding screen
Materials: Ink, colors, and gold on paper
Dimensions: H. 58 1/8 in x W. 126 in, H. 147.6 cm x W. 320 cm (image), H. 68 1/4 in x W. 131 in, H. 173.4 cm x W. 332.7 cm (overall)
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B60D77+
On Display: No

Description

Label: In 1543, three Portuguese travelers aboard a Chinese ship drifted ashore on Tanegashima, a small island near Kyushu. They were the first Europeans to visit Japan. In 1548, Francis Xavier, a Jesuit, arrived from Goa to introduce Christianity to the Japanese. Thereafter a stream of Portuguese traders and Jesuit missionaries came to Japan. The Japanese called them nanban (southern barbarians) because they sailed to Japan from the south. Portuguese merchants brought tin, lead, gold, silk, and wool and cotton textiles, among other goods, to Japan, which exported swords, lacquer ware, silk, and silver.

The Japanese were fascinated by the Portuguese because of their ships, exotic appearance, costumes, language, and merchandise. They depicted these foreigners in great detail in paintings and screens. This work portrays the arrival of a Portuguese ship at the port of Nagasaki. On the left (shown here) are the captain and his crew, who have just landed; some cargo is still being unloaded. On the right (B60D78+), they are proceeding to a Christian church. At its entrance, Jesuit priests welcome the party. Some Japanese townsfolk are observing them curiously.

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Exhibition History: "Masterpieces of Screen Painting, Including the Celebrated Japanese Paintings from the Avery Brundage Collection. An Exhibition Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Fukui Fine Arts Museums", Fukui Fine Arts Museum, 11/14/1987 - 12/13/1987

"Japan and Europe: 1543-1929", Berliner Festpiele GmbH, 9/12/1993 - 12/12/1993

"Japanese Paintings from the Collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", organized by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Nikkei), Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya (3/2/1995-4/9/1995), Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo (4/20/1995-5/9/1995), Takashimaya Grand Hall, Kyoto (6/30/1995-7/11/1995), Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama (8/2/1995-9/17/1995)

" A Curious Affair: The Fascination between East and West", Asian Art Museum, 6/17/2006 - 9/3/2006

"Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods", McMullen Museum of Art Boston College, 2/16/2013 - 6/2/2013
Label: In 1543, three Portuguese travelers aboard a Chinese ship drifted ashore on Tanegashima, a small island near Kyushu. They were the first Europeans to visit Japan. In 1548, Francis Xavier, a Jesuit, arrived from Goa to introduce Christianity to the Japanese. Thereafter a stream of Portuguese traders and Jesuit missionaries came to Japan. The Japanese called them nanban (southern barbarians) because they sailed to Japan from the south. Portuguese merchants brought tin, lead, gold, silk, and wool and cotton textiles, among other goods, to Japan, which exported swords, lacquer ware, silk, and silver.

The Japanese were fascinated by the Portuguese because of their ships, exotic appearance, costumes, language, and merchandise. They depicted these foreigners in great detail in paintings and screens. This work portrays the arrival of a Portuguese ship at the port of Nagasaki. On the left (shown here) are the captain and his crew, who have just landed; some cargo is still being unloaded. On the right (B60D78+), they are proceeding to a Christian church. At its entrance, Jesuit priests welcome the party. Some Japanese townsfolk are observing them curiously.
Exhibition History: "Masterpieces of Screen Painting, Including the Celebrated Japanese Paintings from the Avery Brundage Collection. An Exhibition Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Fukui Fine Arts Museums", Fukui Fine Arts Museum, 11/14/1987 - 12/13/1987

"Japan and Europe: 1543-1929", Berliner Festpiele GmbH, 9/12/1993 - 12/12/1993

"Japanese Paintings from the Collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", organized by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Nikkei), Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya (3/2/1995-4/9/1995), Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo (4/20/1995-5/9/1995), Takashimaya Grand Hall, Kyoto (6/30/1995-7/11/1995), Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama (8/2/1995-9/17/1995)

" A Curious Affair: The Fascination between East and West", Asian Art Museum, 6/17/2006 - 9/3/2006

"Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods", McMullen Museum of Art Boston College, 2/16/2013 - 6/2/2013