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: Scenes from the life of the Ming Huang Emperor and Yang Guifei (one of a pair with F1901.21) F1901.20-21: Scenes from the life of the Ming Huang Emperor and Yang Guifei (one of a pair with F1901.21)

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Scenes from the life of the Ming Huang Emperor and Yang Guifei (one of a pair with F1901.21)

Type
Screen (six-panel)
Maker(s)
Artist: Kano Mitsunobu (ca. 1565-1608)
Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, late 16th-early 17th century
School
Kano School
Medium
Ink, color and gold on paper
Dimension(s)
H x W: 173.6 x 381.8 cm (68 3/8 x 150 5/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1901.20
Label
The scenes on these screens are based on a Chinese poem, "Song of Everlasting Sorrow," by Bo Juyi (772-846). The poem, which tells the tragic story of Tang dynasty emperor Ming Huang (Xuanzong) and his love for his concubine Yang Guifei, was known in Japan since the tenth century. The story is told in episodes beginning in the lower right corner of the left screen and moving in a circular, counterclockwise direction. At the top of the left screen, a party is held as the An Lushan rebellion begins; Yang Guifei perished in the uprising. In the upper right of the right screen, the emperor is alone after the uprising ends.

To 1901
Ernest Francisco Fenollosa (1853-1908), New York, NY, and Spring Hill, AL, to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ernest Francisco Fenollosa in 1901 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Screen List, S.I 42, L. 48, pg. 10, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[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.




Former owner
C.L. Freer source: Ernest Francisco Fenollosa (1853 - 1908)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Keyword(s)
concubine, emperor, Japan, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615)
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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