Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Monkey with Flower Arrangements

Monkey with Flower Arrangements

Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Made in Japan, Asia

Muromachi Period (1392-1573)

Late 14th - 16th century

Ink, color, and gold on paper; mounted as a two-fold screen

18 1/8 x 62 5/8 inches (46 x 159 cm) Mount: 28 3/4 x 73 1/4 inches (73 x 186 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 242, Asian Art, second floor

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Purchased with Museum funds, 1928

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The monkey depicted on this screen is dressed for a New Year's performance, indicating that the flowers are auspicious offerings for the New Year. The Japanese art of flower arrangement (ikebana), has its origins in Shinto nature worship and sixth-century Buddhist floral offerings.

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