“Beauty in the Guise of a Man” (Danso bijin)

Artist: Shima Sei'en (1892-1970)
Historical period(s)
Taisho era, 20th century, prior to 1927
Ink and color on silk; ivory jiku
H x W (image): 42 × 42.3 cm (16 9/16 × 16 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — funds provided by the Friends of Asian Arts
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

bijinga, Japan, kakemono, man, Taisho era (1912 - 1926)

To 1996
David Newman, London, England, purchased in Japan. [1]

From 1996
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from David Newman, London, England. [2]


[1] The painting was purchased in Japan by David Newman. The Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho) of the Japanese government found no encumbrance on the exportation of this painting.

[2] See object record. See also note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

David Newman

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