East Asian Art
Monkey with Flower ArrangementsMade in Japan, Asia
Muromachi Period (1392-1573), Late 14th - 16th century
Artist/maker unknown, Japanese
Ink, color, and gold on paper; mounted as a two-fold screen
Currently not on view
1928-114-25Purchased with Museum funds, 1928
LabelThe 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.