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"A Game of Go, from the Four Accomplishments"

A Game of Go, from the Four Accomplishments

A Game of Go, from the Four Accomplishments, Seattle Art Museum. Gift of Carmen Christensen, 92.33.1-4
These images are based on the high resolution facsimile produced by the Tsuzuri Project. Unauthorized copying, duplication, or transfer of these images is strictly prohibited.

  • Artist: Kano school
  • Historical era: Azuchi-Momoyama (Early 16th century)
  • Material: Printed on washi, with gold leafs applied
  • Medium: Four sliding doors
  • Theme: High Resolution Facsimile of Japanese Art Abroad
  • Size: Each door 174.0 x 139.7 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient: Hanazono University (Kyoto)
  • [Original]
  • Current owner: Seattle Art Museum
  • Material: Gold-colored paper


These four sliding doors are part of a collection of 71 doors originally housed in the abbot's chamber at Ryoan-ji Temple. About 70 years ago, Ryoan-ji was in dire economic condition after the government confiscated much of its property during the movement to abolish Buddhism from Japan. The doors were sold to Ito Denemon, a coal mining mogul from Fukuoka prefecture. Ito kept the sliding doors in his residence, known as the Akagane Palace which later burned down in a fire caused by an electrical leakage. Luckily, the doors were kept in the priests' living quarters and survived this disaster. The incident led to the second relinquishment of these doors.


Kyoto Culture Association (NPO)
Canon Inc.


Kyoto Culture Association (NPO)
Formerly Kyoto City Seitoku Junior high school 3F
290 Hanjocho Takatsuji Street Muromachi nishi
Shimogyo ku
Kyoto City, Kyoto
Japan 600-8433