Red Friend

Artist: Lan Ying (Chinese, 1585–1664)

Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Date: 16th– mid-17th century

Culture: China

Medium: Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

Dimensions: Image: 58 5/8 x 18 5/8 in. (148.9 x 47.3 cm)
Overall with mounting: 85 3/4 x 25 5/8 in. (217.8 x 65.1 cm)
Overall with knobs: 85 3/4 x 29 in. (217.8 x 73.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse, in honor of Douglas Dillon, 1979

Accession Number: 1979.26


Strangely faceted rocks—thought of as miniature mountains—have been treasured by collectors since the Tang dynasty (618–907). This portrait of a rock called Red Friend is painted without surrounding garden elements, freeing the viewer to imagine its setting.