Moon Over a Moor

Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 17th-early 18th century
Four-panel screen; color and silver on paper
H x W: 171.9 x 372.8 cm (67 11/16 x 146 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Screen (four-panel)

autumn, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, moon

To 1898
Yamanaka & Company, to 1898 [1]

From 1898 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company 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, L. 13, pg. 3, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.

[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
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1917 - 1965

Published References
  • Katsuhiro Hori. "白萩考 (Shirahagi kō)." Thoughts on Shirahagi. 文化 の航跡 (Wake of Culture), Vol. 17 Kyoto, Japan, March 31, 2021. Cover and Frontis.
  • Bijutsu to kusabana. Tokyo. .
  • Laurence Binyon. The Spirit of Man in Asian Art: Being the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures Delivered in Harvard University, 1933-34. Cambridge, Massachusetts. pl. 59.
  • Keiko Kawamoto. Nihon byobue shusei. 18 vols., Tokyo, 1977-1982. vol. 7 (1980): pl. 27.
  • Akigusa. Kyoto. p. 190, pl. 100.
  • Laurence Binyon. A Group of Japanese Screen Paintings in the Freer Collection at Washington. vol. 4 New York, October 1916. p. 333, fig. 3.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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