A festival at the Sumiyoshi Shrine

Historical period(s)
Edo period, early 17th century
Color and gold on paper
H x W: 95 x 171 cm (37 3/8 x 67 5/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Screen (two-panel)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), festival, Japan, shrine

To 1900
Yamanaka & Company, to 1900 [1]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1900 [2]

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


[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Screen List, L. 38, pg. 7, 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.

[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.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1917-1965

Published References
  • "熊野古道 神秘の旅." Kumano Kodo Mysterious Journey. Wakayama, Japan, 2019. .
  • "新日本風土記 (Shin Nihon Fudok)." New Japan Fudoki. Tokyo, Japan, 2020. .
  • Gail Chin. As a Vessel of the Dharma, I am a Woman: A Visual Parody from Nineteenth-Century Japan. vol. LXXIV, no. 1. .
  • Materiale Textkulturen. Berlin. .
  • Japanese Visual Culture: Performance, Media and Text. Japan. .
  • Zaigai hiho [(Japanese Paintings in Western Collections]. 3 vols., Tokyo. vol. 3: pt. 2, p. 18, vol. 3, pt. 1, pl. 11.
  • Ikumi Kaminishi. Explaining Pictures: Buddhist Propaganda and Etoki Storytelling in Japan. Honolulu. cover, pl. 9.
  • D. Max Moerman. Localizing Paradise: Kumano Pilgrimage and the Religious Landscape of Premodern Japan. Harvard East Asian monographs, 235 Cambridge, Massachusetts. pl. 9.
  • Preaching from Pictures: A Japanese Mandala. Richmond. .
  • Elisabeth West FitzHugh. A Pigment Census of Ukiyo-e Paintings in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 11 Washington and Ann Arbor, 1979. pp. 27-38.
  • Harold P. Stern. Ukiyo-e Painting: Freer Gallery of Art Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition. Exh. cat. Washington and Baltimore, 1973. cat. 11, pp. 28-29.
  • Brad Towle. Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Official Guidebook Tanabe City., 1st ed. Tanabe City, Japan, March 2017. p. 35.
  • Tomoko Koita. "異界へいざなう女." A woman to the other world. Japan. p. 37, fig. 21.
  • 村山市歴史文化基本構想 記念シンポジウム講演録 関連事業報告書
    (Murayama City History & Culture Promotion Project Commemorative Symposia Transcripts and Related Activity Reports)
    . Murayama, Yamagata, Japan, March 2021. p. 80.
  • Sakai-shi Hakubutsukan. Sumiyoshi taisha: utamakura no sekai: tokubetsuten
    . Exh. cat., October 6 - November 11, 1984. p. 118.
  • Haruko Nawata Ward. Women Religious Leaders in Japan's Christian Century, 1549-1650. Women and gender in the early modern world Burlington, Vermont and Farnham, UK. p. 150, fig. 7.1.
  • R. Keller Kimbrough. Preachers, Poets, Women, and the Way: Izumi Shikibu and the Buddhist Literature of Medieval Japan. Michigan monograph series in Japanese studies, no. 62 Ann Arbor. p. 207, fig. 28.
  • Midori Sano. "造形のポエティカ : 日本美術史を巡る新たな地平." The Poetics Form: New Horizons In Japanese Art History. Japan. p. 1052.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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