Medallion with return from a spring outing


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219

The motif of a scholar gentleman riding in a moonlight landscape is also found in Chinese paintings. In this richly carved scene, the scholar rides on horseback while four young attendants carry his supplies and a fifth hastens to open the gate to the family compound. The scholar gentleman is understood to be returning from a spring outing filled with wine and poetry.

Medallion with return from a spring outing, Ivory, China

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