Retinue & Procession (Yellow)


I thought this was pretty cool at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It depicts the return of the emperor to his palace. The big bright yellow full of a swarm of little figures all in  a bustle is full of life and movement along a coiling and clearly articulated road. Across the folds of this massive screen, Emperor Kokaku returns in 1790 to his official residence in Kyoto, rebuilt after a fire burnt down the old one.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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