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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unknown Artist
Traditionally attributed to Matsumura Keibun 松村景文, Japanese (1779 - 1843)
Sparrows on a Blossoming Cherry Tree Branch
Work Type
screen, painting
late 18th-first half 19th century
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Left screen from a pair of two-panel folding screens; ink and color on gold paper
painting proper: H. 33.5 x W. 121.9 cm (13 3/16 x 48 in.)
frame: H. 52 x W. 145.2 cm (20 1/2 x 57 3/16 in.)
Louis V. Ledoux Collection, New York (by 1948), by descent; to his son L. Pierre Ledoux, New York (1948-2001), by inheritance; to his widow Joan F. Ledoux, New York, (2001-2013), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2013.

1. Louis V. Ledoux (1880-1948)
2. L. Pierre Ledoux (1912-2001)
3. On long term loan to Harvard Art Museums from 1981 to 2013.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Louis V. Ledoux Collection; Gift of Mrs. L. Pierre Ledoux in memory of her husband
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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This is the right, two-panel screen from a pair intended to be viewed together as a single composition. It depicts a partial view of a cherry tree trunk, with just a few thin flowering branches rising up into the scene and a more substantial branch sprouting leftward from the trunk and out of the visual field. The two-panel screen on the left continues the arc of this screen’s left-sprouting branch. The imagery is painted in ink, color, and white pigments over a gold paper ground. A signature and red square relief seal appear in the lower right corner of the right panel. These screens originated as a set of sliding cabinet doors, as indicated by traces of circular damage at the midpoints of the left and right edges of each screen panel, where the handling implement to slide each door once existed.
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