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Wang Yuan-K'i,
Mounted Scroll of a Landscape, 1620
Paint on Silk
69 3/4 in. x 43 3/16 in. (177.17 cm x 109.7 cm)

Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Period: Ming Dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Credit Line: Gift of Johan Wilhelm Norman Munthe
Accession Number: XX.1.76

Old number "L1136/135" is written in pencil on the backing paper. Listed in the Munthe inventory (p.135) as "Large composite landscape in colors. By Wang Yüan-K'i. Dated 1620. Original.

The calligraphy reads:
"High mountains and the running streams are shown in this picture. It gives a view of hermits seeking true happiness. Riding parties pass their leisure time in the moutains. Two men sit together reading poetry. - Wang Shih Min"

"I have seen that the drawings of Shih Fu, by beloved relation, are mostly labored, but this picture is accomplished in the combination of labored work and off-hand painting. It is rather a mysterious drawing. The green and excellent looking trees, the vividness of the creatures, are all presumably adopted from the style of the ancient famous painters. We may say that he has an extraordinary skill in painting and is very accomplished. - Wang Hui"

"Loving the steepness of the mountains, admiring those who have a pleasant ride, a woodcutter carrying hay and walking slowly; and two men sitting together reading poems. - Wang Chien"

Crowded pines and steep rocks surrounding a running green brook; the buildings high up in the clouds that blind the eyes. A woodcutter carrying two bundles of hay walking along the rocky road. Many old men riding along the mountain path. While the highness of the peaks and bending willow branches add more beauty to the scenery, two old gentlemen are sitting together and talk about old affairs. The high mountains and the running streams are worthy to be mentioned in these few lines. - Wang Yuan-chi / This is written on the 3rd moon of the Spring of Keng Wu in the capital."

There are four blocks of calligraphy along the top of the scroll, each in a different hand. Each begins with an oval red ink seal and ends with two square seals, except for the first which has one square seal at the end. Signed along the lower right edge, with a gourd shaped red ink seal. A label on the object identifies the painter and date, and states that it is from the Imperial Collection in Peking.

Brown, green, blue, white and black paints brushed onto silk, with a light grey silk brocade border.

Object Description
Large mounted vertical scroll with an image of a landscape of hills, trees, and buildings, with a river running through it.

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