明 佚名 瑤臺獻壽圖 團扇 Paying Homage to the Queen Mother of the West
Unidentified Artist Chinese, 15th century
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Image: 11 3/8 × 11 3/8 in. (28.9 × 28.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1923
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
Unidentified artist, 1 column in semi-cursive script, undated (mounted next to painting):
[ 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.