Collections: Japanese

From his first Asian art purchase—a painted Japanese fan—Charles Lang Freer was inspired by the beauty of Japanese paintings and ceramics and of Buddhist paintings, metalwork, and sculpture. More than two thousand Japanese works were included in his gift to the nation. From this foundation, the Freer Gallery’s collection has grown in size and scope to include calligraphy, lacquer, prints, and printed books. Japanese art in the Sackler Gallery has focused on graphic arts, ceramics, lacquers, and photographs, including modern and contemporary works. In total, the Freer and Sackler’s Japanese art collections comprise more than twelve thousand objects spanning four millennia.

Several books from the Pulverer collection
Catalogue

The World of the Japanese Illustrated Book

Detail from Trees, green foliage on a gold background
Fellowship

Van Biema Fellowship

Slide from James J Lally's Pope Memorial Lecture Two Great American Collectors of Chinese Ceramics: Morgan and Freer
Video

Pope Memorial Lecture

detail from Sotatsu catalogue interior page
Book

Sotatsu

Musicians performing
Podcasts

Chamber Music from Japan

Detail of a man painting from The Four Accomplishments, F1903.57
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