Birds and flowers

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 18th century
Ink and color on silk
H x W: 182 x 369.2 cm (71 5/8 x 145 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Screen (six-panel)

bird, dove, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, hoopoe, Japan, peacock, pheasant, phoenix

To 1907
Unidentified owner, Tokyo, Japan, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Tokyo, Japan, from an unidentified owner in 1907 [2]

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


[1] See Original Screens and Panels List, S.I. 140, pg. 37, 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


The unidentified painter of this six-panel screen (paired with F1907.136) has created meticulously detailed images of a variety of birds, ranging from the commonplace pheasant and duck to the more exotic parrot, peacock, and supernatural phoenix. The colorful images of flowers and birds stand out against the soft, monochromatic ink that depicts landscape elements.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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