One of the twelve deva: Bonten (Brahma)

Historical period(s)
Muromachi period, late 15th-early 16th century
Color and gold on paper
H x W: 89.8 x 34 cm (35 3/8 x 13 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

Brahma, halo, Japan, kakemono, kundika, lotus, Muromachi period (1333 - 1573), trident

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from an unidentified owner in 1907 [1]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]


[1] See Original Japanese Paintings, Prints, Drawings, and Reproductions Reserved List, R. 5723, pg. 4, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. This object is part of a set of twelve (F1907.661-672); according to Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record for F1907.661, no details are available regarding the set's purchase.

[2] 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

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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