Undersea creature (ningyo or mermaid)

Maker(s)
Artist: Kawahara Keiga 川原慶賀 (ca. 1786-1860)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1828
Medium
Ink and color on Dutch paper
Dimensions
H x W: 48.7 x 35.8 cm (19 3/16 x 14 1/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1997.23.3
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Album leaf

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, mermaid, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

1995
Sale, Christie’s, Amsterdam, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art, October 18, 1995, Sale #2276, lot 502: “A Set of Three Watercolours Depicting a Ningyo.” [1]

From 1995 to 1997
Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, England, purchased at the Sale, Christie’s, Amsterdam, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art, October 18, 1995, Sale #2276. [2]

From 1997
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, England. [3]

Notes:

[1] See letter from Sydney L. Moss Ltd. Dated May 19, 1997, object file, Collections Management Office. According to the letter the Sydney L. Moss Ltd purchased the painting from Christie’s Amsterdam.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Christie's (Amsterdam)
Sydney L. Moss Ltd.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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