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image: Bodhidharma Crossing the Yangzi on a Reed

Bodhidharma Crossing the Yangzi on a Reed

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)
Historical period(s)
Muromachi period, 15th century
Ink on silk
H x W (image): 46.7 × 26 cm (18 3/8 × 10 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
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To 1907
Viscount Akimoto, Tokyo, Japan, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Kyoto, Japan, through Viscount Akimoto's agent, in spring of 1907 [2]

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


[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 545, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. While the Freer files only identify the source of this painting as “Count Akimoto, Tokyo,” given the date of purchase (1907), the most likely individual is Akimoto Okitomo (1857–1917), who at the time held the hereditary rank of viscount (see Object Documentation, Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy []).

[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
Viscount Akimoto (1857 - 1917)
Charles Lang Freer (1854 - 1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Bodhidharma, Buddhism, Japan, kakemono, Muromachi period (1333 - 1573), ocean, travel, Zen Buddhism
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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