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南宋 佚名 雪景待渡圖 團扇
Waiting for the Ferry

Unidentified Artist Chinese
Song dynasty (960–1279)
early 13th century
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink on silk
9 7/8 x 10 1/8 in. (25.1 x 25.7 cm)
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
In this stark scene of barren trees and snow-covered, distant mountains, the artist has combined the "one-corner" compositional formula of the Song Imperial Painting Academy with the Fan Kuan (active ca. (990–1030) idiom of "small ax-cut" stippled rocks and stocky trees with bare, stubby branches to evoke a mood of chilly quietude. The scene focuses on two travelers awaiting the arrival of a ferryman in his small boat. The angular foreground boulders and spiky trees contrast with the gray-and-white expanse of water, sky, and snowshrouded mountains, set off by a flock of circling birds-emphasizing the sense of hushed stillness.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature or seal


Cai Naihuang 蔡乃煌 (1861–1916), 2 columns in semi-cursive scrip, undated; 2 seals (on separate paper):

長汀落雁圖 上下天光,一碧萬頃,畫品高遠,宋人當是徐兢一派。 [印]: 藏年室、曾藏蔡伯浩處
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