Noren are traditional Japanese curtains originally used in stores and restaurants whose popularity has extended to the home. Used to enhance any room or doorway, Noren are joined a few inches at the top with a lengthwise slit in the middle for easy passage. The curtains have a seam at the top to insert a wooden or bamboo dowel (not included) for easy hanging.
The turbulent wave seems to tower above the viewer, and the small, stable pyramid of Mount Fuji sits in the distance. The eternal mountain is envisioned in a single moment, frozen in time. Hokusai characteristically cast a traditional theme in a novel interpretation. In the traditional "meisho-e" or scene of a famous place, Mount Fuji was always the focus of the composition. Hokusai inventively inverted this formula and positioned a small Mount Fuji within the midst of a thundering seascape. Foundering among the great waves are boats thought to be barges conveying fish from the southern islands of Edo, or modern Tokyo.
This exceptionally designed Noren is made of a thick, textured cotton that hangs beautifully. The curtain measures 33 1/2" by 59". Made in Japan.