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明 藍瑛 紅友圖 軸
Red Friend

Artist:
Lan Ying (Chinese, 1585–1664)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
16th– mid-17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 58 5/8 x 18 5/8 in. (148.9 x 47.3 cm) Overall with mounting: 85 3/4 x 25 5/8 in. (217.8 x 65.1 cm) Overall with knobs: 85 3/4 x 29 in. (217.8 x 73.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse, in honor of Douglas Dillon, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.26
Not on view
Strangely faceted rocks—thought of as miniature mountains—have been treasured by collectors since the Tang dynasty (618–907). This portrait of a rock called Red Friend is painted without surrounding garden elements, freeing the viewer to imagine its setting.
Inscription: Artist's inscription and signature (1 column in clerical script and 1 column in semi-cursive script)

Red Friend
I painted this at the Shenyan Tang Studio. Lan Ying

紅友
申燕堂畫此。藍瑛

Artist's seals:
Lan Ying zhi yin 藍瑛之印
Tianshu fu 田叔父

Collectors’ seals

Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (C. C. Wang, 1907–2003)
Yuzhu Ju zhencang shuhua zhi yin 有竹居珍藏書畫之印

Mu Si 穆思 (Earl Morse, 1908–1988)
Mu Si shoucang mingji 穆思收藏名跡 (on mounting)

Unidentified
Qingxi Jianding 晴溪鋻定
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse , New York (by 1969–76; to MMA)
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