Birds, Animals, and Plants Representing the Twelve Months

Artist: Katsushika Hokusai θ‘›ι£ΎεŒ—ζ–Ž (1760 - 1849)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1820-1835
Ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 179.5 x 376 cm (70 11/16 x 148 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Screens (six-panel)

bird, dog, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, fox, Japan, plant, ukiyo-e

To 1904
Bunshichi Kobayashi (circa 1861-1923), Boston, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Yokohama, to 1904 [1]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunshichi Kobayashi in 1904 [2]

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


[1] See Original Screen List, L. 95, 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919
Bunshichi Kobayashi (C.L. Freer source) circa 1861 - 1923

Published References
  • John T. Carpenter. Hokusai Paintings: Selected Essays. Venice. nos. 2-12.
  • Harold P. Stern Narasaki Muneshige. Ukiyo-e shuka. vol. 16, Tokyo. nos. 119-130.
  • Harold P. Stern. Hokusai: Paintings and Drawings in the Freer Gallery of Art. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 29-31, p. 32-33.
  • Ann Yonemura et al. Hokusai: Volume Two. Exh. cat. Washington, 2006. cat. 86, p. 38, 77.
  • Motoaki Kono. Hokusai no hana (Hokusai's Flower). Ukiyoe Gallery series, vol. 1 Tokyo. pp. 60-63, 74.
  • Ann Yonemura. Hokusai: Volume One. Exh. cat. Washington, 2006. cat. 104, pp. 149-153.
  • Harold P. Stern. Ukiyo-e Painting. Exh. cat. Washington and Baltimore, 1973. cat. 92, pp. 250-251.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum