Grove of cedar, cryptomeria and blossoming cherry

Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, 1568-1615
Ink, color, and gold on paper
H x W (.239): 160.7 x 373.1 cm (63 1/4 x 146 7/8 in) H x W (.240): 160.7 x 372.9 cm (63 1/4 x 146 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Screens (six-panel)

cedar tree, cherry blossom, cherry tree, cryptomeria tree, Japan, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615)

Samma-in Temple of Koyasan [1]

To 1903
Yamanaka & Company, to 1903 [2]

From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1903 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] According to Curatorial Remark 4, an undated folder sheet note: "Note from Original Screen List: From the collection of Samma-in Temple of Koya-san."

[2] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Screen List, L. 84, pg. 23, 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.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

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

Published References
  • James T. Ulak, Howard Kaplan, Dr. Julian Raby. Cherry Blossoms. New York, NY, March 3, 2015. .
  • Catalogue of the Inaugural Exhibition, June 6-September 20, 1916. Exh. cat. Cleveland, June 6 - September 20, 1916. p. 301.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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