The Shrine and Beach at Sumiyoshi

Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1615-1640
Ink, color, and gold on paper
H x W (each): 122.6 x 355.4 cm (48 1/4 x 139 15/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Screens (six-panel)

beach, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, ocean, shrine
Provenance research underway.

Sumiyoshi was the site of an ancient Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified empress Jingu and to three deities who protected her during her campaign in Korea. The shrine was sacred to mariners, fishermen, poets, and merchants who sought the protection and benevolence of the gods. The Sumiyoshi shrine was located near a scenic beach with pine groves that offered a view of Awaji Island in Osaka Bay. As represented in this pair of screens, the Sumiyoshi shrine was a popular site for pilgrimages as well as pleasurable excursions by people from the urban centers of Osaka and Kyoto.

Published References
  • Harold P. Stern. Ukiyo-e Painting: Freer Gallery of Art Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition. Exh. cat. Washington and Baltimore, 1973. cat. 10, pp. 26-27.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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