The narrative of this pair of screens reads from right to left and depicts the Hie Sanno Matsuri festival. During the festival, which takes place every April, people celebrate a bountiful harvest by bringing mikoshi (large portable shrines) to the Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine outside of Kyoto. After visiting the shrine, the mikoshi are loaded onto boats and taken back to their home villages. The upper part of the right screen depicts the Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine complex marked with a large red gate. In the left screen, villagers watch as the mikoshi are placed on boats before making their voyage home. Festival screens like this one appeared frequently during the Momoyama period (1573–1615) and often showed panoramic views of cities and their surrounding landscapes.

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Hie Sanno Sairei-Zu (one of a pair)
17th century
Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold leaf on paper
Overall: 66 1/2 × 145 1/2 × 5/8 in. (168.9 × 369.6 × 1.5 cm)
Credit Line

Gift of the estate of Mrs. Dudley C. Sharp, Sr.

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

Research ongoing