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明 佚名 柳馬圖 冊頁
Horse and Willow Tree

Unidentified Artist Chinese, early 15th century
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
early 15th century
Album leaf; ink and color on silk
Image: 10 1/8 x 9 in. (25.7 x 22.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
Since the Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220), fine horses have symbolized military power and imperial authority in China. For this reason, powerful steeds were a popular subject at the early Ming court. Frequently such paintings show sleek animals grazing, often tethered to willow trees. Perhaps such images were intended to connote an empire at peace, when warhorses were not required to subdue insurrection or combat foreign invaders
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal
George D. Pratt , New York and Glen Cove, NY (until 1929)
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