Red Friend

Lan Ying Chinese

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Strangely faceted rocks—thought of as miniature mountains—have been treasured by collectors since the Tang dynasty (618–907). This portrait of a rock called Red Friend is painted without surrounding garden elements, freeing the viewer to imagine its setting.

Red Friend, Lan Ying (Chinese, 1585–1664), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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