Landscapes, flowers, and trees of the four seasons

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    early 16th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink, color, and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 175.2 x 375.8 cm (69 x 147 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Kano Motonobu (1476-1559)
  • Provenance

    From at least 1903-at least 1935
    Prince Motoaki Mori (1865-1938), method of acquisition unknown [1]
    About 1935-1955
    The object’s ownership and whereabouts are unknown
    By at least 1955
    Far Eastern Art, New York, method of acquisition unknown [2]
    From 1955
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Far Eastern Art, New York [3]
    [1] See S. Tajima, ed., "Shinbi taikan” (Selected relics of Japanese art) [book] (Kyoto: Nippon Bukkyo Shinbi Kyokai, 1903), vol. 9, pl. 22. See also Robert J. Paine, Jr., “Hsia Kuei and Motonobu,” “Revue des Arts Asiatiques” vol. 9, no. 3, (September 1935): p. 154, fig. 1-4. Motoaki Mori was a Japanese nobleman, a Duke under the Kazoku system. He was the son of Motonori Mori (1839-1896), who was a member of the House of Peers.
    [2] See July 11, 1955, letter from H. Elise Buckman to Roland Koscherak, “Mr. Wenley has asked me to notify you that the pair of Motonobu screens, scenes of the four seasons, arrived this afternoon in good condition,” copy in object file. See also note 3. Roland Koscherak (1899-1987), was the owner of the gallery Far Eastern Art, where he sold Japanese and Himalayan art. [3] See Roland Koscherak – Far Eastern Art invoice to Freer Gallery of Art, dated September 9, 1955, and marked approved by the Secretary on September 15, 1955, in object file.
    Research updated March 29, 2023
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Life of a Japanese Painting (December 17, 1995 to October 16, 1996)
    Japanese Art (April 11, 1978 to March 6, 1981)
    Japanese Art (July 1, 1974 to April 10, 1978)
    Japanese Art (January 1, 1963 to July 1, 1966)
    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 1 and 2 (February 25, 1956 to January 1, 1963)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Prince Motoaki Mori (1865-1938)
    Roland Koscherak
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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