Warming Sake with Maple Leaves Mid-size two panel screen, ink, color, silver and gold leaf on paper; depicting three court attendants gathered around a sake kettle suspended over a fire of autumn momiji leaves 40 x 65in (101.2 x 165cm)
The burning of autumn foliage to warm sake is the subject of a well-known couplet by the famous Chinese poet Bai Juyi (772-846) [Japanese: Haku Rakuten]). The subject matter of this screen alludes to an episode in the life of Emperor Takakura as related in the Heike monogatari.
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