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元 佚名 古木寒鴉圖 團扇
Crows and Bare Trees in Winter

Artist:
Unidentified Artist Chinese
Period:
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Date:
late 13th or early 14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Overall with mounting: 16 3/8 x 14 11/16 in. (41.6 x 37.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.46
Not on view
In this small landscape, groves of straight trees stand in snow. A pale, thin river threads its way to the horizon. This painting and others of austere wintry scenes may reflect the traditional Chinese belief that the natural world responds to human affairs. The twelfth-century historian Liu Zheng commented.

The feelings of mountains and streams, grasses
and trees, are not far from those of humans,
and it is wrong to think of them as non sentient.
That a stream should dry up in times
of disorder is an ordinary, natural reaction.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal

Collectors' seals

Fu Shan 傅山 (1602–1683)
Qingzhu Fu Shan 青主傅山

Wanyan Jingxian 完顏景賢 (active 2nd half of 19th c.)
Jingxian guomu 景賢過目
[ Yabumoto Kozo , Kyoto, until 1982; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," January 28, 2006–August 13, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Yuan Revolution: Art and Dynastic Change," August 21, 2010–January 9, 2011.

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