The Namban screens can be classified as works of rare historical-artistic dimension. They document the arrival and presence of the Portuguese in Japan, the first Europeans to weigh anchor there, representing in a unique iconographic source an entire universe linked to the Portuguese Expansion: the vessel anchored in a port, the multicultural encounter, goods from various points of the globe, the religious evangelisation.

The composition represents a Portuguese ship anchored in a port of Japan, and the crew in the process of disembarking goods. The second screen in the pair continues the composition whose theme deals with scenes related to commercial activity and the presence of missionaries and their mission.