Partitions have always been an integral part of our lives. In Japan, for instance, they have been used for hundreds of years as screens, walls and even flimsy, delicate doors. The Japanese were the first to turn screens into works of art so artists from then on could relate to screens as independent works of art.
In other places partitions served as hiding places, for fornicating, as in The Decameron or as cloisters for the conspirators and revolutionists of famous tragedies. Partitions created caches from whence the infamous gleaming dagger could appear to stab its prey and thereby transform world order.