From 1951 to 1987
H.W. Campbell, Ocala, FL, purchased in Tokyo in 1951 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from H.W. Campbell in 1987
 When H.W. Campbell purchased the objects in Tokyo in 1951, it was said to have been the property of a family that had been feudal lords in the Tokugawa era (see Curatorial Note 3 in object file).
- Previous Owner(s)
This handscroll (as well as F1987.9) relates the story of Tamamo no mae, a woman who is possessed by a fox spirit. She is capable of transforming herself into the guise of a beautiful woman, or into the form of a magical nine-tailed fox. The narrative sections are written on paper decorated with hand-painted gold designs, followed by short illustrations bordered by cloud bands decorated with gold leaf. Japanese handscrolls are read from right to left and are unrolled gradually to reveal each scene. They were usually made for private enjoyment. Imaginative legends such as Tamamo no mae were especially popular from the fourteenth century onward.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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