Japanese Scrolls & Screens
Japanese scroll and screen paintings—executed in ink, colors (mineral pigments), and sometimes gold leaf or gold paint on silk or paper—reveal a variety of influences, among them Chinese painting and calligraphy, Buddhist iconography, and Japanese literature. Some scrolls are narrative, recounting their stories when unrolled from right to left. Others are made to be unrolled vertically and hung on the wall, their subjects ranging from portraits to scenes from mythology, scripture, nature, and everyday life. Folding screens, like many other products of the Japanese aesthetic, are both beautiful and practical. Being portable, they can be used in adapting spaces inside a traditional Japanese home.The twelve elegant scrolls and screens reproduced in this calendar date from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century. All are from the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art.All of Pomegranate’s calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper, which means the paper has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ and manufactured by an FSC certified printer. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by ensuring that forestry practices are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable.FSC license code FSC N001864.