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Insects, Birds and Flowers

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Insects, Birds and Flowers, n. d.
Paint on Silk
11 in. x 67 1/4 in. (27.94 cm x 170.82 cm)


Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Johan Wilhelm Norman Munthe
Accession Number: XX.1.35


Commentary
Old number "L1780/54" is written in pencil on the backing paper.

Marks
Spurious signature of Qian Xuan (1235-1305) and seals.

Seal below the signature is spurious seal of Qian Xuan.
Seal in lower left corner: probably a collector’s seal
Seal in lower right corner: probably a collector’s seal

Professor Kathleen M. Ryor, Carleton College

There is a strip of brocade with characters upon it, but it is badly worn. A large square red ink seal is stamped in the lower left of the image, and a slightly smaller seal is stamped in the lower right corner of the image. Above this second seal is a signature with a square red seal.

Medium
Multicolored paints brushed onto silk, with a mauve silk brocade border.

Object Description
Mounted handscroll or birds, butterflies, ants, crickets and flowers. The birds and insects are handled with an attention and delicacy that are in contrast to the barren background.

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