right screen Photo © Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts
Gallery Text

This recently discovered pair of screens depicts a group of advisors and foreign dignitaries crossing a bridge (left) to bring gifts, including coral and precious minerals, to a Chinese emperor seated inside an imaginary palace (right). Musicians play on the veranda as the gifts are arranged on a low table before the emperor. Paintings of tribute bearers became popular among warrior elites in 16th- and 17th-century Japan for their resonance with the hierarchical politics of the day.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Kano Sanboku 狩野山卜 (active mid-17th to early 18th century)
Tribute Bearers to the Chinese Emperor
Work Type
painting, screen
late 17th–early 18th century
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, gold, and gold leaf on paper
right screen painting proper: H. 164.5 × W. 354 cm (64 3/4 × 139 3/8 in.)
left screen painting proper: H. 164.8 × W. 354 cm (64 7/8 × 139 3/8 in.)
each screen overall: H. 181.5 × W. 371 cm (71 7/16 × 146 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • seal: square, intaglio: 不及子 [Fukyūshi]
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Rachel Saunders, "Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection", Orientations, Orientations Magazine (Hong Kong, January/February 2020), vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 20-33, cover; pp. 22-23, figs. 2a and b

Rachel Saunders and Yukio Lippit, Painting Edo: Selections from the Feinberg Collection of Japanese Art, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, 2020), pp. 22-23, fig. 8

Rachel Saunders, ed., Catalogue of the Feinberg Collection of Japanese Art, brochure, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2021), pp. 177-178, cat. 178

Exhibition History

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/14/2020 - 05/04/2020

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