Unidentified Artist Chinese, late 14th–early 15th century
Yuan (1271–1368)–Ming (1368–1644) dynasty
Album leaf; ink and color on silk
Image: 10 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (26 x 29.2 cm)
From the Collection of A. W. Bahr, Purchase, Fletcher Fund, 1947
Not on view
The three-panel screen painting within this painting creates a metaphorical, as well as illusionistic, space within an intimate composition. The sleeping scholar, his contented face turned toward the viewer, seems to be dreaming peacefully. The artist cannot depict the gentleman's dream, but the mesmerizing pattern of waves covering the screen that encloses the man is highly suggestive of his serene state of mind.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature or seal
Mu Ang 沐昂 (1379–1445) Qianning Wang zizi sunsun yongbao zhi 黔寧王子子孫孫永寶之
Wang Shizhen 王世貞 (1526–1590) Zhen, Yuan (half seal) 貞、元（半印）
Chen Ding 陳定 (17th c.) Chen Ding 陳定
[ A. W. Bahr , until 1947; sold to MMA]
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. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan I," March 1, 2003–September 21, 2003.
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.