SCATTERED CARD SCREEN HA09

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SCATTERED CARD SCREEN HA09

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An unusual Japanese eight panel folding screen (byobu) with scattered playing cards.  The cards fall from the top of the screen gathering at the base of the screen. The cards are uta karuta ("poem cards"), or 100 poet cards, a card matching game in which there are depictions of 100 noted poets that are then matched up with corresponding cards with poems by those poets.        
Cards Edo Period (1600-1868) on a early 20th century mount
56” high x 163½”  wide

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