Pair of doors with eagle on a pinetree on one side; deer and cherry-blossoms on the other

Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, 17th century (?)
Ink and color on wood
H x W: 172.8 x 86.2 cm (68 1/16 x 33 15/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Architectural Element, Painting


deer, eagle, Japan, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), pine tree, tree

Possibly to 1903
Authorities of Bukkoji temple, Kyoto, possibly to 1903 [1]

Possibly from 1903 to 1904
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to possibly purchased from the temple authorities of Bukkoji temple, Kyoto, in 1903 [2]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of the Bunkio Matsuki collection, American Art Association, New York, NY, January 21-23, 1904 [3]

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


[1] According to Curatorial Remark 3 in the object record: "It is said that these doors originally belonged to the ancient Bukkoji temple at Kyoto, which burned about the year 1800, and that these doors were saved and sold by the temple authorities, in the year 1903, to the dealer who sold them to Mr. Freer.

[2] See note 1. See also, Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record, as well as Purchase Details in the Accession List, Collections Management office. See further, Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1204, pg. 15, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[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) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Published References
  • Bunkio Matsuki. Art of Old Japan, Rare specimens of pewter, carvings in jade and other stones and wood, many lanterns from famous palace and temple gounds, fine gold lacquers and other scarce objects. New York, January 21-23, 1904. cat. 509.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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