Blind Men Appraising an Elephant

Maker(s)
Artist: Tomioka Tessai 富岡鉄斎 (1836-1924)
Historical period(s)
Taisho era, 1921
Medium
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 144 × 42.4 cm (56 11/16 × 16 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection, Gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F2019.3.34a-f
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
blind person, elephant, Japan, Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection, Taisho era (1912 - 1926)
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Published References
  • "珍獣?霊獣?象が来た―ふしぎでめずらしい象の展覧会." Chinjū? reijū? zō ga kita—Fushigi de mezurashii zō no tenrankai. Exh. cat. Nagasaki. pl. 121.
  • "鉄斎大成第三巻." Tessai taisei dai sankan. Tokyo. pl. 161.
  • "鉄斎研究." Tessai kenkyū. vols. 1-65 Takarazuka, Hyogo, 1969-1983. pl. 17.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
SI Usage Statement

Usage conditions apply

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.