Unidentified Artist Chinese, late 14th–early 15th century
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
late 14th–early 15th century
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Image: 9 15/16 x 10 1/8 in. (25.2 x 25.7 cm)
From the Collection of A. W. Bahr, Purchase, Fletcher Fund, 1947
Not on view
Unsuspecting swallows weave among the bamboo while a preying hawk eyes them from the branch of an old tree. The unsentimental lesson to be learned from nature was that the strong prey upon the weak. The petty bureaucrat who abuses his authority is in turn the victim of the more powerful official.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal
[ A. W. Bahr , 1947; sold to MMA]
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