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清 張宗蒼 山水 冊 紙本
Miniature landscapes

Artist:
Zhang Zongcang (Chinese, 1686–1756)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
datable to 1751–54
Culture:
China
Medium:
Album of eight leaves; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
1 7/16 x 1 3/4 in. (3.7 x 4.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1942
Accession Number:
42.74.1a–h
Not on view
This tiny album was made for inclusion in a “treasure box,” one of the elaborate containers of precious objects that were favorites of the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736–95) of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Albums were particularly well-suited to satisfying Qianlong’s love of miniatures, but court painters like Zhang Zongcang were also required to produce tiny handscrolls for treasure boxes.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (1 column in standard script; on Leaf H):

Zhang Zongcang, your servitor, respectfully painted.

臣張宗蒼恭繪。

Artist's double seal

Zongcang 宗蒼 (Leaf H)

Title

Unidentified artist, 1 column in clerical script, undated (engraved on wooden cover and rubbed with gold pigment):

Zhang Zongcang’s Landscape Album

張宗蒼 《山水冊 》

Collector’s seal

Qing emperor Qianlong 清帝乾隆 (r. 1736–95)
Qianlong yulan zhi bao 乾隆御覽之寳
[ Nellie B. Hussey , 1942; sold to MMA]
Zurich. Museum Rietberg. "The Mandate of Heaven: Emperors and Artists in China," April 2, 1996–July 7, 1996.

Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Mandate of Heaven: Emperors and Artists in China," August 3, 1996–November 10, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of the Chinese Album," September 6, 2014–March 29, 2015.

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