David Newman, London, acquired from a private Japanese collection, to 1995 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from David Newman in 1995
 According to Curatorial Note 3 in the object record.
- Previous Owner(s)
Legend holds that Yamamoto Kansuke, a brilliant military strategist described as homely, crippled, and blind in one eye, served the warlord Takeda Shigen (1521-1573). In 1561 Kansuke took responsibility for losses caused by his flawed battle plan and retrieved his honor by offering his own life.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Kansuke legend was depicted in kabuki plays and woodblock prints. This unusual format of a painted portrait was created by an artist best known for his depictions of pleasure district courtesans. This painting complements a more typical Japanese painting of a beautiful woman, known as a "beauty" painting, by Seitoku, which is already in the Freer collection.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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- Rights Statement
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