Scenes from the life of the Ming Huang Emperor and Yang Guifei (one of a pair with F1901.21)
- Screen (six-panel)
- Artist: Kano Mitsunobu (ca. 1565-1608)
- Historical period(s)
- Momoyama period, late 16th-early 17th century
- Kano School
- Ink, color and gold on paper
- H x W: 173.6 x 381.8 cm (68 3/8 x 150 5/16 in)
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- 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.
Ernest Francisco Fenollosa (1853-1908), New York, NY, and Spring Hill, AL, to 1901 
From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ernest Francisco Fenollosa in 1901 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Screen List, S.I 42, L. 48, pg. 10, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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
- Collection(s) Area
- Japanese Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum