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南宋 馬麟 蘭花圖 冊頁 絹本
Orchids

Artist:
Ma Lin (Chinese, ca. 1180– after 1256)
Period:
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
Date:
second quarter of the 13th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Album leaf; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 10 7/16 x 8 7/8 in. (26.5 x 22.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973
Accession Number:
1973.120.10
Not on view
This exquisite representation of an orchid, signed by Ma Lin, son of Ma Yuan (act. ca. 1190-1225), exemplifies the style of formal realism favored by the aristocratic Southern Song court. The simple asymmetrical balance of flowers and leaves, meticulously rendered in subtle shades of lavender, white, and malachite green, bespeaks a consciously aestheticizing sensibility. Such flower paintings recall late Southern Song lyric poems about flowers.
Inscription: Artist's signature (2 characters in standard script)

Ma Lin

馬麟

Collectors' seals

Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (C. C. Wang, 1906–2003)
Zhuli Guan 竹裏舘
Jiqian xinshang 季遷心賞

Unidentified
Zhang Wei 張偉
Nei ? Shufang 内囗書房
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