Image: 9 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (24.1 x 26 cm)
Overall with mounting: 44 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (113 x 39.4 cm)
Gift of Edgar Worch, 1952
Not on view
The auspicious objects, animals, and flowers found in the imperial garden were often the subject of court paintings. In this miniature picture, a male deer and a female deer stand by a stream from which auspicious clouds emanate. The image seems to convey the message that in this cultivated, peaceful, and humane era, the nation is as idyllic as an imperial park. No doubt the painting functioned as part of a systematic program of imperial art designed to create a symbolic visualization of a cultivated emperor's reign.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription or signature
Artist’s or collector’s seal
Marking: Seal (lower left corner, in red)
Edgar Worch , New York (until1952; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Imperial Painting of the Ming Dynasty: The Zhe School," March 10, 1993–May 9, 1993.
Dallas Museum of Art. "Imperial Painting of the Ming Dynasty: The Zhe School," June 6, 1993–August 1, 1993.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Text and Image: The Interaction of Painting, Poetry, and Calligraphy," January 23, 1999–August 16, 1999.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The World of Scholars' Rocks: Gardens, Studios, and Paintings," February 1, 2000–August 20, 2000.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance," January 23, 2009–September 13, 2009.