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Standing nearly six feet tall and extending to 12 feet, this early 17th-century folding screen (detail below) was painted in ink, gold, and gold leaf by Kano Naizen (1570–1616). It is one of 70 works on display—including six more screens, furniture, ceramics, and military equipment—in the exhibition Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods at the McMullen Museum, February 16–June 2. The show chronicles the influence of European merchants and missionaries (known as nanban-jin, or “southern barbarians”) on 16th- and 17th-century Japan. In the scene above, Portuguese gentlemen (at left, in pantaloons) greet black-garbed Jesuits in a Japanese port. The Portuguese first visited Japan in 1543. The Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier arrived in 1549.