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Gama Sennin (Chinese Hou Xiansheng) and his three-legged toad - National Museum of Asian Art

Gama Sennin (Chinese Hou Xiansheng) and his three-legged toad

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At A Glance

  • Period

    18th century
  • Geography

    Japan
  • Material

    Ink on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 200.8 x 55.2 cm (79 1/16 x 21 3/4 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1904.192
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1904.192

Object Details

  • Artist

    Soga Shohaku (1730-1781)
  • Provenance

    To 1904
    Bunshichi Kobayashi (circa 1861-1923), Boston, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Yokohama, to 1904 [1]
    From 1904 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunshichi Kobayashi in 1904 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, pg. 131, 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.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Tales and Legends in Japanese Art (June 21, 2003 to January 4, 2004)
    Japanese Art (July 1, 1974 to April 10, 1978)
    Japanese Art: Paintings and Pottery (July 1, 1966 to May 2, 1973)
    Japanese Art (January 1, 1963 to July 1, 1966)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Kobayashi Bunshichi 小林文七 (ca. 1861-1923) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Painting
  • Restrictions and Rights

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