Japanese Screens

March 24, 2002 – November 3, 2002

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Gallery 5 Floor Plan

On view in this rotation are screens from the Muromachi (1333-1573), Momoyama (1573-1615), and Edo (1615-1868) periods. Created in many shapes and sizes, portable screens were used as decorative tools that not only defined space, but also made political or religious statements, or commented on the seasons. Depicted on these screens are animals and plants--including cherry and plum blossoms--as well as sages, aristocratic entertainments, and commoners' outings.