The 18th century Pleasures of the East handscroll by Furuyama Moromasa (古山師政)
 
Forth One reports today that –
 
A rare Japanese scroll which is more than 44ft long has been discovered in the special collections section of Edinburgh’s Central Library.The giant painting by the artist Furuyama Moromasa is called Pleasures of the East and dates back to the early 1700s. The work was gifted to the library in the 1940s by a relative of Henry Dyer, a Scottish engineer who played a major part in the industrialisation of Japan.

Edinburgh City Libraries and National Museums Scotland have now submitted a joint application to the Sumitomo Foundation for conservation funding. Culture and Sport Convener, Cllr Richard Lewis said: “For many decades this scroll has been held in the Central Library special collections without anyone realising its true significance. “It is only through the passion of our library staff and the knowledge of National Museums Scotland experts that this beautiful work has been brought to light. “If we are successful in getting funding to restore this painting to its former glory, then we are very much hoping that it can go on display to the public in Edinburgh at a later date.”

 
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