The solitary angler may be a reference to a twelfth- or eleventh-century B.C. narrative in which a ruler named Wen seeks the advice of a scholar named Jiang Taigong. The role of the figures seated in the pavilion, the other fishermen, and the groups of figures with two oxen, is unclear. They may be embellishments to the story of Jiang Taigong, who is about to receive an imperial visit, or allude to other famous tales.
[ Chait Fine Arts, Ltd. , New York, until 1982; sold to Irving] ; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1982–2015; donated to MMA)
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