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宋 佚名 倣周昉 戲嬰圖 卷
Palace Ladies Bathing Children

Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Artist:
After Zhou Fang (Chinese, active ca. 780– ca.810)
Period:
Song dynasty (960–1279)
Date:
11th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Handscroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 12 in. × 19 1/8 in. (30.5 × 48.6 cm) Overall with mounting: 12 7/16 × 44 in. (31.6 × 111.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.148
Not on view
Depictions of the daily life of court ladies became a special genre of painting under the influence of the eighth-century painter Zhou Fang and his tenth-century follower Zhou Wenju. Painting in a richly detailed manner in which even the fabric patterns are meticulously described, these two artists had an important influence on the figure style practiced by the Song Painting Academy. This painting closely follows Tang dynasty (618–907) prototypes: the tight group of figures arrayed in an oval and set against a blank background is a typical Tang style composition; the hesitant brushwork, however, suggests that it is a later copy, probably done in the Northern Song period.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature or seal

Label strip

Zhang Heng 張珩 (1915–1963), 1 column in standard script, undated; 1 seal:

唐周昉 《戲嬰圖》,張氏珍玩。 [印]: 張珩

Colophons

1. Zhang Shen 張紳 (14th century), 2 columns in standard script, dated 1372; 1 seal:

周昉戲嬰圖。經紹興御府收覽,真跡無疑。壬子秋齋郡張紳題。 [印]: 士行父

2. Gao Qi 高啟 (1336–1374), 9 columns in standard script, undated; 2 seals:

題彥亷所藏戲嬰圖。
芍藥風闌側,梧桐露井傍。嬌嬰爭晚戲,少婦鬪春粧。
共詫珠生蚌,還怜玉產岡。半披文錦褓,斜佩紫羅囊。
額髮葳蕤短,胸肌細膩光。庭前王氏子,陌上衛家郎。
弱草身眠軟,芳英手弄香。隨人貪作劇,避伴學迷藏。
莫撲花胡蝶,宜為蠟鳳凰。塗添雲母粉,浴試水沉湯。
麟送徐卿宅,蘭生謝傅堂。愛均看捴好,年並比誰長。
驥種雖難匹,鵷鶵已作行。憐君得此畫,真是夢態祥。
勃海高啟 [印]: 高啟私印、高季迪

3. Qian Pu 錢溥 (1408–1488), 7 columns in standard script, dated 1451:

海虞陳原錫所藏周昉士女戲嬰圖,妙絕千古,雖伯時、漢臣輩以士女以嬰兒名家者,莫能並臻奇妙。然觀者徒以粧容閒雅,調戲生動可愛,而不知子生其懷,顧復保護之天至者,使人覽之,則孝思之情可以油然生矣。豈犆為觀美也哉。景泰辛未春正月雲間錢溥書于玩古齋。

Collectors' seals

An Qi 安歧 (1683–after 1742)
□府之寶

Li Hongyi 李鴻裔 (dates unknown)
李鴻裔鑑藏印

Zhang Heng 張珩 (1915–1963)
張珩私印
吳興張氏圖書之記
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