Dragons and Clouds

Artist: Tawaraya Sōtatsu 俵屋宗達 (fl. ca. 1600-1643)
Historical period(s)
Momoyama or Edo period, 1590-1640
Ink and pink tint on paper
H x W: 171.5 x 374.6 cm (67 1/2 x 147 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Screen (six-panel)

dragon, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615)

To 1905
Bunshichi Kobayashi (circa 1861-1923), Boston, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Yokohama, to 1905 [1]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunshichi Kobayashi in 1905 [2]

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


[1] See Voucher No. 34, September 1905, as well as Original Screen List, S.I. 78, L. 105, 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) and Custodian(s)

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

Published References
  • Kasetto Nihon no bi. 18 vols., Tokyo. vol. 15: pl. 25.
  • Genshoku Nihon no Bijutsu [A Kaleidoscope of Japanese Art]. 30 vols., Tokyo, 1966-1980. vol. 27 (1980): pls. 88-91.
  • Zaigai Nihon no Shiho [Japanese Art: Selections from Western Collections]. 10 vols., Tokyo, 1979 - 1980. vol. 5: pl. 31.
  • Yashushi Murashige. Motto shiritai Tawaraya Sotatsu: shogai to sakuhin. Ato biginazu korekushon Tokyo. .
  • Yuko Ikeda. Rinpa no tanoshimi [Favorites of Rinpa]. Tokyo. .
  • Satoko Tamamushi. Tamaraya Sotasu and the Tradition of Gold and Silver Paintings in Japanese Art. Japan. .
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 84, vol. 2: p. 177.
  • Title uknown. vol. 3. p. 6.
  • Johei Sasaki. Edo Kaiga I: Early Period (1615-1715). no. 209 Tokyo, October 1983. p. 31, fig. 35.
  • Francis Huxley. The Dragon: Nature of Spirit, Spirit of Nature. London. pp. 58-59.
  • Sherman Lee. The Freer's Studies in Connoisseurship (Review): Museum News. vol. 44, no. 1 New York, Spring 1984. p. 68, fig. 6a.
  • Ryō Furuta. Yawaraya Sotatsu. Tokyo. pp. 132-133, fig. 17-18.
  • Yukio Yoshioka. Kedamono, sakana, kai. Nihon no isho, vol. 10 Kyoto. p. 175, pl. 41.
  • Chinami Nakjima. Iroiro-Zukan III: 2005-2009. p. 197.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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