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image: A branch of flowering hibiscus

A branch of flowering hibiscus

Hanging scroll
Artist: Kano Tan'yū 狩野探幽 (Japanese, 1602 - 1674)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1667
Ink and color on silk
H x W (image): 27 x 39 cm (10 5/8 x 15 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Kano Tanyu, the leading artist of his day, headed a workshop in Edo and served as an official painter for the Tokugawa government and prominent warrior houses.His work ranged from monumental themes for screens and sliding doors in castles and temples to small hanging scrolls like this one and encompassed both Chinese and Japanese modes. This study in Chinese mode conveys a seasonal mood appropriate to a late summer or early autumn tea gathering.

To 1892
Rufus E. Moore (1840 - 1918), New York to 1892 [1]

From 1892 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1892 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Kakemono List, pg. 1, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
Rufus E. Moore (C.L. Freer source) (1840 - 1918)
Charles Lang Freer (1854 - 1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Edo period (1615 - 1868), hibiscus, Japan
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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