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Imperial Anthology, Kokinshu 花鳥下絵和歌巻

Type
Handscroll
Maker(s)
Artist: Tawaraya Sōtatsu 俵屋宗達 (fl. ca. 1600-1643)
Calligrapher: Hon'ami Kōetsu 本阿弥光悦 (1558-1637)
Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, early 1600s
Medium
Handscroll; ink, gold, silver, and mica on paper
Dimension(s)
H x W (image): 33 x 968.3 cm (13 x 381 1/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1903.309
Description
Scroll, consisting of 11 sheets of poems removed from backs of 4 doors, F1903.138-141, inclusive. Makimono.
Label
A collaborative work combining fine handmade paper, woodblock-printed designs in gold and silver, and calligraphy, this handscroll was reassembled from sheets that had been pasted in sections on the back of set of sliding paper doors (fusuma). Innovative artistic techniques were developed by the collaboration of a talented group of artists in Kyoto during the early seventeenth century. Sotatsu, a painter of fans and large folding screens, favored a painting technique that used pigments with water to create a pooled effect. These woodblock-printed designs of vines, cranes, and bamboo employ a similar techique. Control of scale, rhythm, and ink tone in Koetsu's calligraphy of Japanese poems provides a dynamic counterpoint to the underlying design.

To 1903
Bunshichi Kobayashi (circa 1861-1923), Boston, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Yokohama, to 1903 [1]

From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunshichi Kobayashi in 1903 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Voucher 26, October 1903, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Accession List, Collections Management office.

[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
Bunshichi Kobayashi 小林文七 (C.L. Freer source) (circa 1861 - 1923)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Calligraphy
Keyword(s)
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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