The "Red and White Plum Blossoms" folding screen, a masterpiece by the renowned artist Ogata Korin (1658-1716), will shortly be displayed in the quake-hit Tohoku region for a limited run.
The national treasure is owned by the MOA Museum of Art in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. It will be the first time the artwork has left the premises since the museum was established 30 years ago.
The screen will be displayed at the Sendai City Museum from March 6 through March 25.
The Atami gallery said it wanted to support survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
The two-panel folding screens portray two flowering trees and a stream.
Experts recently discovered that gold leaf was used in the background and that silver leaf was used to create the river portion.
The screen was originally an heirloom of the Tsugaru feudal clan in Aomori Prefecture.
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