Portrait of Monju

Historical period(s)
Muromachi period, 15th century
Color and gold on silk
H x W (image): 83.5 × 35.5 cm (32 7/8 × 14 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

bodhisattva, Buddhism, Japan, kakemono, Mahayana Buddhism, Muromachi period (1333 - 1573)

Mr. Kawara, Osaka [1]

To 1900
Yamanaka & Company, to 1900 [2]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1900 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] "From the Collection of Mr. Kawara, President of the Osaka Mercantile Steamship Co." (according to Curatorial Remark 3 in the object record).

[2] See Original Kakemono Reserved List, pg. 4, 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.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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)

Mr. Kawara
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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