Japanese Nanban art

The etymology of the word “Nanban” connects its meaning to “southern barbarians”. This lacquered painting inserted in screens was developed between 1500 and 1600 by influence of the arrival of the Portuguese on Tanegashima Island, in 1543. The largest collections are in the Kobe Museum and in Lisbon, at the National Museum of Ancient Art.

Atribui-se ao vocábulo Nanban a etimologia “bárbaros do sul”. Esta pintura lacada inserida em biombos desenvolveu-se entre 1500 e 1600 por influência da chegada dos portugueses à ilha de Tanegashima em 1543. As maiores colecções existem no Museu de Kobe e em Lisboa, no Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga.

Unknown (17th century)-'portuguese carrack in Nagasaki'

Anonymous (16th century)-'ships arriving in Japan'

Attr. Kano Domi-'barbarians from the South'-(1593-1600)

Attr. Kano Naizen-'barbarians from the South'-(1570-1616)

Anonymous (18th  century)-'six-panel byobu screen showing Portugueses Missionaries and Japanese women playing musical instruments'   Lisboa-Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga.

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