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元/明 佚名 古木竹禽圖 團扇
Old Tree, Bamboo, and Birds

Artist:
Unidentified Artist Chinese, late 14th–early 15th century
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 14th–early 15th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 9 15/16 x 10 1/8 in. (25.2 x 25.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
From the Collection of A. W. Bahr, Purchase, Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.18.44
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
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