Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
9 15/16 x 10 5/16 in. (25.2 x 26.2 cm)
From the Collection of A. W. Bahr, Purchase, Fletcher Fund, 1947
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
Wang Shizhen王世貞 (1526–1590) Zhen, Yuan (half seal) 貞、元（半印）
Unidentified Changle (on the mounting) 長樂
[ A. W. Bahr , until 1947; sold to MMA]
New York. China Institute in America. "Album Leaves from the Song and Yuan Dynasties," March 26, 1970–May 30, 1970.