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南宋 佚名 蘆鷺圖 團扇
Egrets in Water Reeds

Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Period:
Song dynasty (960–1279)
Date:
late 12th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
9 15/16 x 10 5/16 in. (25.2 x 26.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
From the Collection of A. W. Bahr, Purchase, Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.18.77
Not on view
This painting recalls Ma Hezhi's handscroll Six Odes Starting with "Wild Geese," in which the image of nesting birds symbolizes the reestablishment of peace under the Southern Song. Here, a family of egrets on a marshy bank are joined by three more alighting from the sky. Bamboo and reeds in the foreground, executed in beautifully controlled, round brushwork, bend in the light breeze. The birds and the swaying bamboo define both the finite world within the picture and the vast space beyond.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature or seal

Collectors’ seals

Wang Shizhen王世貞 (1526–1590)
Zhen, Yuan (half seal) 貞、元(半印)

Unidentified
Changle (on the mounting) 長樂

Illegible: 1
[ A. W. Bahr , 1947; sold to MMA]
New York. China Institute in America. "Album Leaves from the Song and Yuan Dynasties," March 26, 1970–May 30, 1970.

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