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Waves at Matsushima

Tawaraya Sotatsu

  • 「Waves at Matsushima」 Tawaraya Sotatsu
  • 「Waves at Matsushima」 Tawaraya Sotatsu

Facsimiles of works in the collection of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. : 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.

Tawaraya Sotatsu
Historical era:
Edo (17th century)
printed, gold on washi paper
Pair of six-fold screens
High Resolution Facsimile of Japanese Art Abroad
Each screen H152.0 × W355.7 cm
Shounji Temple (Daitokuji school, Rinzai sect)MAP
Current owner:
The Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian Institution
ink, color and gold on washi paper

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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