Folding Screen with the Arrival of a Portuguese Ship, anonymous, c. 1600 - c. 1625

Folding Screen with the Arrival of a Portuguese Ship, anonymous, c. 1600 - c. 1625

ink, colour and gold on paper, h 169cm × w 363cm More details

The arrival of Portuguese ships in Nagasaki Harbour was quite an attraction in the early 17th century. This is what is taking place here, with the merchandise being unloaded at the left and the captain under a parasol at the right. Such screens were probably made for the Japanese merchant class, which made a fortune from the lucrative overseas trade with Portugal. They depict the foreign contacts in a nutshell for the Japanese spectator.

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