If you can make it to Washington DC, a fabulous exhibition, "East of Eden", is devoted to
the depiction of Gardens in Asian art.
Some additional images can be seen here:
Among the many items on display, there is an early 17th c. album that contains 30 pairs of
paintings illustrating scenes from the "Tale of Genji" along with poems by various court
scribes. All of the poems are written upon suminagashi paper. The leaf on display (#31)
features a nice "whorl" of ink further decorated with kirihaku and noge (cut gold and metal
leaf, in various shapes). It is a bit different from leaf #30, which you can see in the Freer
The description mentions that it is thought that they may have once decorated a folding
Also on display is a pair of 6 panel folding screens that feature large trees by a pond of
silver. Individual tanzaku panels have been pasted to the screen to give the effect that
they have been hung from the trees. The tanzaku feature a variety of decorative papers,
including kumogami (cloud-paper, blue banding similar to marbling, but made with
poured blue pulp) as well as kirihaku.
Unfortunately, you can only see a small clip of the image of this byobu on page 3 of the
Click on the interactive tour, then on "east Asia", and then click on "gallery".
an image will load, but more are featured. The pair of Byobu that i refer to is image #18.
Unfortunately, I cannot find it listed in the Freer database. However another byobu
decorated with tanzaku from the same period can be seen here:
It's a virtual a feast of Japanese decorative papers!