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明 /清 佚名 李公麟 偽款 龍王請齋圖 卷
Buddhist luohans crossing the sea to the palace of the dragon king

Unidentified Artist , fake signature of Li Gonglin (ca. 1041–1106)
Ming (1368–1644) dynasty
late 16th–early 17th century
Handscroll; ink on silk
11 3/8 × 58 in. (28.9 × 147.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 210
The Northern Song painter Li Gonglin reinvented figure painting in the eleventh century, infusing old themes with a new scholarly appeal and creating compositions that were copied for centuries to come. This painting, made in the late Ming dynasty, bears a fake signature of Li; it may be a distant reflection of something he painted, but it may also be a pure fabrication. It depicts a group of Daoist immortals crossing the sea on various magical vehicles—a dragon, a begging bowl, a lotus leaf—to the dragon king, who awaits on the far shore.
Inscription: Label at right hand of picture, inscribed: "Picture representing the Dragon King offering his respects".
At the end of picture is inscribed: "Li Gonglin (Li Longmian) in 4th month, 2nd year of the Yuanfeng period, 1079".
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.

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