Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Hie Sanno Sairei-Zu

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston produced a multimedia project about the 2009 exhibition of rare Japanese folding screens. The screens were created in the 17th-century Edo period by an unknown Japanese artist. The exquisite pair of six-paneled screens — each measuring 66.5 x 145.5 x .6 in. (168.9 x 369.6 x 1.5 cm) and composed of colored ink and gold leaf on paper — depicts the Hie Sanno Sairei-Zu (Hie Mountain King Festival) of the Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine at Sakamoto. Working with the conservation and curatorial departments, the education department created a visually-oriented presentation inter-linking and inter-relating images, audio, video, and text that provides information about the historical and cultural significance of both the screens and the festival, and documents the recent conservation of the screens. The resulting production is available online through the museum’s Teaching With Art website; it will also be featured with the screens during the exhibition.

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