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明 佚名 瑤臺獻壽圖 團扇
Paying Homage to the Queen Mother of the West

Artist:
Unidentified Artist Chinese, 15th century
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
15th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 11 3/8 × 11 3/8 in. (28.9 × 28.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.33.3
Not on view
The auspicious subject of this fan painting is the birthday anniversary of Xiwangmu, the Queen Mother of the West. Standing atop an ornately furnished terrace, the three Daoist immortals Lü Dongbin, Han Zhongli, and Zhang Guolao are depicted reverently paying their respects to the queen of the Daoist pantheon. The figures, drawn with a minimum of calligraphic flourish, seem to be the work of a professional painter of the fifteenth century.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal

Label strip

Unidentified artist, 1 column in semi-cursive script, undated (mounted next to painting):

劉松年 《瑤臺獻壽》
[ Vladmir G. Simkhovitch , 1918; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art," September 10, 2005–January 8, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance," January 23, 2009–September 13, 2009.

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