Following the introduction of byōbu screens into Japanese culture in the 7th century, screens evolved to be of different sizes with different styles to serve a variety of purposes. One-panel screens were the earliest type of byōbu, followed by the introduction of two panel, four panel, six panel, and even ten-panel screens, each used in different venues for different purposes. Common themes have combinations of traditionally seasonal birds and flowers, as well as auspicious themes including cranes, bamboo, pine, and tortoises that are commonly symbolic of longevity. Screens depicting Japanese history have also had periods of popularity.
We are pleased to offer three main galleries of screens—Genji, flowers and landscapes, and animals—as well as a selection of semi-antique byōbu. We also offer three types of hangers for byōbu screens.