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"Waves at Matsushima"

Waves at Matsushima (left)   Waves at Matsushima (right)

Facsimiles of works in the collection of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1906.231, F1906.232.
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: Tawaraya Sotatsu
  • Historical era: Edo (17th century)
  • Material: Printed on washi, with gold leafs applied
  • Medium: Pair of six-fold screens
  • Theme: High Resolution Facsimile of Japanese Art Abroad
  • Size: Each screen 152.0 x 355.7 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient: Shounji Temple (Daitokuji school, Rinzai sect), Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture
  • [Original]
  • Current owner: Freer Gallery of Art
  • Material: Gold-colored paper

DESCRIPTION

This work is by Tawaraya Sotatsu, founder of the Rimpa school. It is one of the six folding screens painted by Sotatsu still in existence. These screens are said to have been handed down to Shounji Temple in Sakai city, Osaka. Tani Shoan (1589 to 1644), a wealthy merchant, reputedly commissioned Sotatsu to make this painting, and later contributed it to the temple. The screens remained at Shounji until 1902, after which they became a part of the Charles Freer collection in the United States. This was sometime during the Meiji period. The right screen (shown below) shows sharp rocky reefs rendered in brilliant color, while the left screen shows pines growing on a sandy beach and a drifting cloud. Gold and ink are applied in layers to produce the dynamic effect of flowing waves.

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