Playing the zither for a crane, Unidentified Artist, Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

明 佚名 琴鶴圖 軸
Playing the zither for a crane

Unidentified Artist
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
mid-16th century
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Image: 40 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (103.2 x 49.8 cm)
Overall with mounting: 98 1/2 x 25 3/4 in. (250.2 x 65.4 cm)
Overall with rollers: 98 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. (250.2 x 74.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse, 1972
Accession Number:
Not on view
In a landscape of his own design, a man plays music for his pet crane beneath a massive paulownia tree. Within this tightly curated microcosm, the fantastic rocks stand in for mountain ranges, the man-made pond for an ocean, and the foliage for dense forests, creating a safe and placid representation of nature for the enjoyment of a privileged elite.
Signature: Unsigned

Marking: Forged seal of Wang Meng in upper right: Huangho Qiaozhe

Collector's seals:
1. Xiang Yuanbian (1525–1590): Zijing zhiyin
2. Ho Guanwu (contemporary Hong Kong collector): Guanwu qingshang/ Tianqi shuwu
3. C.C. Wang (1907–2003): Zhenze Wangshi Baowutang tuhuaji

Unidentified collectors' seals:
1. Yenru xinshang
2. Lin xia yeren
3. Gangzhou Lishi Ritong zhenshang
4. Zicun
5. (?)qi yinzhang
6. Wushi Yünqing guan socang shuhua
7. Jinding siyin
8. Wu Bozi Zhencang
9. Gushan
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse , New York (until 1972; donated to MMA)
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. Noguchi Museum. "Museum of Stones," October 7, 2015–January 10, 2016.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.