Biombos Namban | Namban Screens
Vasconcelos, M. J. (introduction)
MNSR (Museu Naciuonal Soares dos Reis) e IMC (Instituto dos Museus e Conservação), 2009, Porto.
100 pages (30 x 24 x 1,4 cm).
Brand new hardcover book, in publisher’s grey letter embossed cloth with a brand new dust jacket, both pristine.
English-Portuguese parallel text.
63 plates, nearly all in colour and some fold out.
Beautifully illustrated description of these Japanese screens manufactured during the 16th century, when the Portuguese navigators and missionary clergy landed in the Land of the Rising Sun to commerce and to propagate Christianity. They use very colourful but simple methods to enhance depictions of those European (Portuguese) visitors. The book is based on the screen’s collection in the Oporto Museum (Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis).