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.

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Several books from the Pulverer collection

The World of the Japanese Illustrated Book

Detail from Trees, green foliage on a gold background

Van Biema Fellowship

detail from Osumi Yukie's Sound of Waves, showing dark and gold wavey marks on a silver vessel with an undulating lip and wave pattern interior

The Freer|Sackler Residency in Japanese Metalwork Design

detail from Sotatsu catalogue interior page


Musicians performing

Chamber Music from Japan

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

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