Three metal, handled vessels with zoomorphic designs.

Left to right: Ritual wine pouring vessel (gong) with masks (taotie), dragons, and real animals, Anyang or middle Yangzi region, ca. 1100 B.C., bronze, Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer, F1961.33a–b; Ritual wine-pouring vessel (gong) with masks (taotie) and dragons, middle or late Anyang period, ca. 1100 B.C., bronze, Gift of Arthur M. Sackler, S1987.279a–b; Ritual wine-pouring vessel (gong) with masks (taotie), dragons, and real animals, middle Anyang period, ca. 1150–1100 B.C., bronze, Purchase—Charles Lang Freer Endowment, F1939.53a–b (National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution)

Anyang: China’s Ancient City of Kings 

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Clusters of red maple leaves and wisps of reeds in a flowing, dark blue stream of water, indicated by painterly gold highlights of the currents.

Detail, Maple Leaves on a Stream (front), Ikeda Koson (1801–1866), Edo period, 1856–58, pair of six-panel folding screens; ink and color on gilded paper, Purchase—Harold P. Stern Memorial Fund and funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries in appreciation of James W. Lintott and his exemplary service to the Galleries as chair of the Board of Trustees (2011–2015), Freer Gallery of Art, F2014.7.1–2 

Rinpa Screens

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A swimmer, wearing goggles, performs the butterfly stroke in wavy splashes of water. The whole scene is rendered in vibrant segments of rainbow colors.

Butterfly (detail), Ay-Ō 靉嘔 (born 1931), Japan, Showa era, 1988, silkscreen, ink on paper, The Pearl and Seymour Moskowitz Collection, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S2021.5.5, © Ay-Ō

Ay-Ō’s Happy Rainbow Hell

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