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Bears (Kuma no zu)

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In the first decades of the twentieth century the grand halls of the government-sponsored Ministry of Education exhibitions displayed a new type of Japanese painting (Nihonga). Preserving the ink and mineral pigments of traditional works, these paintings were monumental in scale, responding to...

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Fall 2006, acquired from Private Collection, Tokyo by Kagedo Japanese Art, Seattle, WA; 2007, sold by Kagedo Japanese Art to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Accession Date: December 12, 2007)

Credit Line

Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously

Japanese, Late Meiji era, about 1907–08


Overall: 153.67 x 357.51 cm (60 1/2 x 140 3/4 in.) Mount: 170.18 x 374.02 cm (67 x 147 1/4 in.) Storage: 170.3 x 64 x 11.5 cm (67 1/16 x 25 3/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

One of a pair of six-panel folding screens; ink and color on paper