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元末明初 佚名牧羊圖團扇頁 絹本設色
Sheep and herd boy

Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Period:
late Yuan (1271–1368)–early Ming (1368–1644) dynasty
Date:
14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
9 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. (24.1 x 24.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.100.101
Not on view
Under a pair of willow trees, eighteen sheep spread across a summer meadow, some munching on grass, some nursing, others relaxing. While they rest, the young shepherd climbs one of the willows in pursuit of the contents of a bird’s nest. The overall tone is highly auspicious: the number eighteen suggests prosperity, while the mothers with children point to a wish for many offspring. The symbolism would have made this a suitable gift, particularly in the Year of the Ram.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal

Label strip

Unidentified artist, 1 column in standard script, undated:

南宋李迪春郊牧羊圖
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