The World of Devas

Historical period(s)
Kamakura period, 14th century
Ink and color on silk
H x W (image): 146.1 x 55.7 cm (57 1/2 x 21 15/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

Japan, kakemono, Kamakura period (1185 - 1333), man

Mr. Kawahara, Osaka [1]

To 1904
Yamanaka & Company, to 1904 [2]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1904 [3]

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


[1] According to a note from the Original Kakemono List (see Curatorial Remark 3, in the object record).

[2] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Kakemono List, L. 492, pg. 137, 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)

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


This painting depicts the imagined heavenly realm in which the absence of desire produces freedom from sorrow. In the heavens dwell devas, celestial beings, who are surrounded by attendants and musicians. Like F1904.343, this painting was created to give tangible form to complex Buddhist ideas regarding illusion, attachment, and rebirth.

Published References
  • Toru Shimbo. Rokudo-e (Pictures of Rokudo). Tokyo. figs. 62-63.
  • Kokuho Rokudo-e., Fall 2007. .
  • Ogushi Sumio. New Materials for the Study of Paintings of Rokudo. no. 753. pp. 372-393, pls. 6-7.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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