Attributed to Chen Juzhong (Chinese, active ca. 1200–30)
Song dynasty (960–1279)
early 13th century
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
9 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (24.1 x 27.3 cm)
From the Collection of A. W. Bahr, Purchase, Fletcher Fund, 1947
Not on view
Chen Zhuzhong specialized in depicting nomadic horsemen and their lives on the steppes. This exquisite fan painting, in which the hairstyles, costumes, and saddle trappings of the Khitan people are faithfully rendered, may be dated stylistically to Chen's period of activity or somewhat later. The horseman galloping away in pursuit of his quarry recalls a similar figure in Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (1 column in cursive script)
The immortal of wine, Chen Zihe, at seventy-seven sui.
[ A. W. Bahr , 1947; sold to MMA]
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