明 佚名 貍奴芭蕉圖 冊頁 Frolicking Kittens under a Banana Tree
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Album leaf; ink and color on silk
Image: 9 1/2 x 9 5/8 in. (24.1 x 24.4 cm)
Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1982
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.