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Frolicking Kittens under a Banana Tree

Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
15th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Album leaf; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 9 1/2 x 9 5/8 in. (24.1 x 24.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.1.3
Not on view
Kittens in a garden setting was a favorite subject of Academy painters during the Song dynasty. Here, the young ones play while the mother watches. New banana plants and shoots, their leaves not yet unfurled, have just emerged, but a sprig of bamboo visible along the right-hand margin of the painting is still without its summer greenery.
Signature: The painting is without any signature or seal of authorship. A single seal (square, relief) impressed in the lower right corner remains to be deciphered, but it does not appear to be of great age.
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