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元 柯九思 臨文同墨竹圖 軸
Bamboo after Wen Tong

Ke Jiusi (Chinese, 1290–1343)
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
dated 1343
Hanging scroll; ink on silk
Image: 42 3/8 x 18 3/4 in. (107.6 x 47.6 cm) Overall with mounting: 98 1/2 x 26 5/8 in. (250.2 x 67.6 cm) Overall with knobs: 98 1/2 x 30 in. (250.2 x 76.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of Oscar L. Tang Family, 2006
Accession Number:
Not on view
This dramatically cropped image of bamboo reveals neither the plant's base nor its tip; rather, the leaves and branches seem to defy gravity, giving the pendent bough a sense of dynamic movement and growth. The contrasting ink tones and thrusting brushstrokes that define the leaves add to the vitality of the image.

Ke Jiusi, a leading connoisseur and curator of the imperial art collection, here demonstrates his scholarly approach to the study of antique models by freely copying a work by the Northern Song master Wen Tong (1019–1079), the patriarch of the monochrome bamboo genre.
Inscription: Artist's inscription and signature (2 columns in semi-cursive script):

On the winter solstice of the jiyou year during the Xining era [1069], Wen Tong, Yuke, from Bajun [in present-day Sichuan Province].
On the Duanyang festival [fifth day of the fifth lunar month] of the guiwei year during the Zhizheng era [1343] Ke Jiusi, Danqiu, made this copy.

Artist's seals

Xixun 錫訓
Ke shi Jingzhong 柯氏敬仲
Yunzhen Zhai 縕真齋

Label strips

1. Unidentified artist, 1 column in standard script, undated:


2. Bi Long 畢瀧 (1730–1797), 2 columns in standard script, undated; 1 seal:

元柯丹丘臨文湖州倒垂竹枝真跡,真定梁蕉林藏本,無上神品。 [印]: 畢瀧鑒賞

Collectors' seals

Liang Qingbiao 梁清標 (1620–1691)

Bi Long 畢瀧 (1730–1797)

Feng Gongdu 馮恕 (1867–1948)

Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (己千,C. C. Wang, 1907–2003)

Oscar L. Tang Family , New York (until 2006; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Chinese Galleries: An Inaugural Installation," 1997.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Artist as Collector: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the C.C.Wang Family Collection," September 2, 1999–January 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Chinese Painting with Selections from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill," September 10, 2002–February 9, 2003.

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. "Art of the Brush: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy," March 12, 2005–August 14, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," January 28, 2006–August 13, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty," September 28, 2010–January 2, 2011.

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