Girl holding insect cage

Artist: Kubo Shunman 窪俊満 (1757-1820)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Color and gold on silk
H x W (image): 82.2 × 32.3 cm (32 3/8 × 12 11/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

child, Edo period (1615 - 1868), insect, Japan, kakemono, ukiyo-e

To 1903
Probably Charles Gillot (1853-1903), Paris, to 1903 [1]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), probabaly purchased from the sale of the Charles Gillot Collection, Durand-Ruel Gallery, Paris, through Yamanaka Sadajiro (of Yamanaka & Company), in 1904 [2]

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


[1] See List of Kakemono and Makimono, no. I, pg. 90, no. 358, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. After his death in 1903, a sale of Asian art belonging to French artist Charles Gillot took place in February 1904 at the Durand-Ruel Gallery in Paris. Yamanaka Sadajiro (of Yamanaka & Company) attended the sale and annotated the sales catalogue (which is now in the Freer and Sackler Library) on Charles Lang Freer's behalf. According to Curatorial Remark 5, Louise Cort, July 11, 2001, in the object record, unlike the records for F1904.29- F1904.34, the folder sheet for this object does not identify the work as having come from the Gillot Sale; but, the catalogue lists a work, no. 2096 (pg. 234), that appears to correspond to this work. Lot 2096, attributed to Shunman, was described as a "jeune femme en robe rouge et manteau noir, tenant une petite cage a lucioles qu'elle montre a un enfant. Signe: Shocado Koubo Shunman. Cachet: Shunman. Haut. 0,82; larg. 0,32." Yamanaka acquired no. 2096, together with no. 2097, which is also by Shunman.

[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 Gillot (C.L. Freer source) 1853-1903
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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