Cryptomerias and cedars on a snowy hillside

Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, 17th century
Color, ink, and gold on paper
H (overall): 166.8 cm (65 11/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Screen (six-panel)

cedar tree, Japan, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), snow

To 1898
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1898 [1]

From 1898 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1898 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Screen List, S.I. 29, pg. 4, 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.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Published References
  • Arte del Giappone e della Corea. Elite, storia universale dell'arte, 7 Milan. pl. 91.
  • Capolavori nei secoli: Enciclopedia di tutte i popoli in tutti i tempi. 12 vols., Milan, 1961 - 1964. vol. 3: p. 145.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica., 14th ed. New York. opp. p. 38, pl. 4, no. 3.
  • Laurence Binyon. Painting in the Far East: An Introduction to the History of Pictorial Art in Asia Especially China and Japan., 1st ed. London and New York, 1908 - 1969. .
  • Arthur Morrison. The Painters of Japan. 2 vols., London and Edinburgh. vol. 1: opp. P. 124, pl. 39.
  • Ann Arbor Art Association. Exhibition of Oriental and American Art: Under the Joint Auspices of the Alumni Memorial Committee and the Ann Arbor Art Association, on the Occasion of the Opening of the Alumni Memorial Hall, University of Michigan. Exh. cat. Ann Arbor and Detroit, May 11 - May 30, 1910. opp. p. 8.
  • Laurence Binyon. Japanese Art. International art series London and Leipzig. opp. p. 37.
  • Laurence Binyon. A Group of Japanese Screen Paintings in the Freer Collection at Washington. vol. 4 New York, October 1916. frontispiece.
  • Gaston Migeon. Chefs-d'œuvre d'art japonais. Paris. pl. 4, no. 18.
  • Superb Exhibition of Oriental and American Art held under the auspices of the University of Michigan and the Art Association of Ann Arbor: Academy Notes. Buffalo, July 1910. p. 2.
  • unknown title. vol. 12, no. 6 Washington, February 1936. p. 122.
  • Laurence Binyon. The Spirit of Man in Asian Art: Being the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures Delivered in Harvard University, 1933-34. Cambridge, Massachusetts. pp. 171-172, pl. 57.
  • Thomas Lawton, Linda Merrill. Freer: a legacy of art. Washington and New York, 1993. p. 211, fig. 145.
  • Helen Gardner. Art Through the Ages: An Introduction to its History and Significance., 1st ed. New York. p. 463, pl. 174b.
  • Wilfred B. Shaw. The Relation of Modern American Art to that of China and Japan, Demonstrated at the Recent Exhibition at Ann Arbor. vol. 18, no. 5 Syracuse, August 1910. p. 523.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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