May (iris, winning a game), from the series, Flowers of the Twelve Months

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  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink and color on silk
  • Dimension

    H x W (image): 21.5 × 46.2 cm (8 7/16 × 18 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Watanabe Seitei 渡辺省亭 (1851-1918)
  • Provenance

    In 1920s and 1930s-Around 1953
    Tome Fujikura (1898-1992) method of acquisition unknown [1]
    Around 1953-2014
    Dr. Toshio Fujikura (1924-2021) and Mrs. Yuka (Yasui) Fujikura (1927-2021), gift from Tome Fujikura [2]
    From 2014
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Dr. Toshio Fujikura and Mrs. Yuka Fujikura in honor of Tome Fujikura [3]
    [1] According to Dr. Toshio Fujikura and his wife Mrs. Yuka Fujikura, Dr. Fujikura's mother, Tome assembled her art collection in the 1920s and 1930s, while residing in Tokyo. She displayed her collection, including Watanabe Seitei's series Flowers of the Twelve Months, in her personal home. She passed the collection onto her son, Dr. Fujikura after World War II, around the time he immigrated to the United States. See gift proposal from Fujikura Family, 2013, copy in accession file. Tome Fujikura is known to have been a "successful business owner," see obituary of Dr. Toshio Fujikura, The Washington Post, July 4, 2021, copy in accession file.
    [2] Dr. Toshio Fujikura was an accomplished pathologist, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Upon completing his studies in Japan, he received a competitive fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. He later returned home to Japan, where he met Yuka (Yasui) Fujikura, a Japanese American nurse on a Fulbright Scholarship. In 1953, they married and returned to the United States, making a home in Oregon.
    Dr. Fujikura recalled that his mother gave him her collection of Japanese art around the time he immigrated to the United States. The couple later lived in near Maryland's National Institutes of Health, Pittsburg, and Tokyo. See documents cited in note 1.
    [3] See gift agreement, signed December 10, 2014, copy in accession file.
    Research Completed September 1, 2021
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Tome Fujikura (1898-1992)
    Dr. Toshio Fujikura (1924-2021)
    Yuka (Yasui) Fujikura (1927 - 2021)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Toshio and Yuka Fujikura in memory of Tome Fujikura
  • Type

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