Bodhidharma Crossing the Yangzi on a Reed

Historical period(s)
Muromachi period, 15th century
Medium
Ink on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 46.7 × 26 cm (18 3/8 × 10 1/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1907.141
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

Keywords
Bodhidharma, Buddhism, Japan, kakemono, Muromachi period (1333 - 1573), ocean, travel, Zen Buddhism
Provenance

To 1907
Viscount Akimoto, Tokyo, Japan, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Kyoto, Japan, through Viscount Akimoto's agent, in spring of 1907 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 545, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. While the Freer files only identify the source of this painting as “Count Akimoto, Tokyo,” given the date of purchase (1907), the most likely individual is Akimoto Okitomo (1857–1917), who at the time held the hereditary rank of viscount (see Object Documentation, Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy [http://www.asia.si.edu/SongYuan/]).

[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
Viscount Akimoto (C.L. Freer source) 1857-1917

Label

To learn more about this and similar objects, visit http://www.asia.si.edu/SongYuan/default.asp Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy.

Published References
  • Zaigai hiho [(Japanese Paintings in Western Collections]. 3 vols., Tokyo. vol. 2, pt. I, pl. 69.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy
Google Cultural Institute
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