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Tawaraya Sotatsu 俵屋宗達 (fl. ca. 1600-1643)  Search this
Ink, color, gold, and silver on paper
H x W (each): 170 x 381 cm (66 15/16 x 150 in)
early 17th century
Momoyama or Edo period
Sugiyama, Kamaoka, Hyogo prefecture, Japan [1]
To 1902
Yamanaka & Company, to 1902, purchased from a farmer in Sugiyama [2]
From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1902 [3]
From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
[1] Mr. Yamanaka bought this pair of screens from Mr. Sugiyama, a farmer, living at Kamaoka. See Curatorial Remark #3 in the object record.
[2] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Screen List, L. 60, pg. 15, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.
[3] See note 2.
[4] 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.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Rinpa Screens (February 25, 2023 to February 24, 2024)
Sotatsu: Making Waves (Saturday, October 24, 2015 to Sunday, January 31, 2016)
Japanese Art—Painted Screens (August 18, 1967 to May 2, 1973)
Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Screens (October 3, 1947 to November 10, 1955)
Japanese Screens, 1923 (May 2, 1923 to April 5, 1933)
Previous custodian or owner:
Sugiyama collection
Yamanaka and Co. 山中商会 (1917-1965) (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
Momoyama period (1573 - 1615)  Search this
Edo period (1615 - 1868)  Search this
fan  Search this
bridge  Search this
Japan  Search this
Japanese Art  Search this
Charles Lang Freer collection  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery