Art/ Collection/ Art Object

南宋 佚名 呂洞賓過岳陽樓圖 團扇
The Immortal Lü Dongbin Appearing over the Yueyang Pavilion

Unidentified Artist Chinese, late 13th–early 14th century
Southern Song, Yuan or early Ming dynasty
late 13th–early 14th century
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Image: 9 3/8 × 9 7/8 in. (23.8 × 25.1 cm) Mat: 15 × 15 in. (38.1 × 38.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
This fan depicts the Daoist immortal Lü Dongbin hovering above the Yüeh-yang Lou, a famous pavilion on the east shore of Lake Dongting, in Hunan Province. During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the cult of Lü Dongbin flourished under the influence of the Quanzhen ("Perfect Realization") sect of Daoism. The center of the cult was the Yongle Gong (Temple of Eternal Joy) in Shanxi Province. The painting style of the figures and the architecture and landscape details of this fan relate closely to murals in Yongle Gong that date to the latter half of the Yüan period (1279–1368). Therefore, the cyclical date dingsi inscribed on the wall outside the pavilion in this picture probably corresponds to the year 1377.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal

Label strip

Pan Gongshou 潘恭壽 (1741–after 1800), 1 column in standard script, undated; 1 seal:

Lü Zhuo in the Northern Song dynasty.

北宋呂拙 [印]: 蓮樵鑑賞

Collectors’ seals

Pan Gongshou 潘恭壽 (1741–after 1800)

Pan Yanling 潘延齡 (19th c.)

Ye Zhetian 葉蔗田 (19th c.)

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