Unidentified owner, to 1906-1907 
From 1906-1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from an unidentified owner, during collecting trip to Asia, in 1906-1907 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Reserved Kakemono List, R. 583, pg. 17, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. According to the Accession List, Collections Management office, C.L. Freer purchased this object during his "Oriental trip, 1906-1907."
 See note 1.
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
- Previous Owner(s)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Okyo’s simplified view of Lake Biwa--the shoreline, a few hills, and small islands--is rendered in an imaginative, playful style of brushwork. This image presents a visual play on the name biwa, an ancient Chinese musical instrument that was adopted in Japan. The sketch exaggerates the lute-like shape of the lake, which spreads from a narrow “neck” at its southern end near Kyoto to a wide oval “body” at the north.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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- Rights Statement
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