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Sages Playing Weiqi (Chinese Chess)

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Sages Playing Weiqi (Chinese Chess), n.d.
Paint on Silk
65 1/8 in. x 33 1/4 in. (165.4 cm x 84.53 cm)


Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Johan Wilhelm Norman Munthe
Accession Number: XX.1.19


Commentary
Old number "L1780/59" is written in pencil on the backing paper.

Marks
No signature or inscription
Eight seals
Lower Right, upper edge: top rectangular, bottom round, both seals illegible
Lower Right, middle edge: one square seal with six characters, mostly illegible
Lower Right, lower edge: top square seal with four characters, bottom square seal with nine characters
Lower Left: illegible
Upper Left: six character oval seal; seal of the Qianlong emperor “treasure seen by the Qianlong emperor”
Upper Center: four character imperial square seal

Professor Kathleen M. Ryor, Carleton College


There is a fairly large square red ink seal stamped in the center of the upper edge of the image, and an oval red ink seal is stamped to the left of this. There is a square and a round red ink seal stamped along the right border of the image, about 3/4of the way down the image, and there are four square red ink seals below these, in the lower right of the image. One rectangular red ink seal is stamped along the left border, in the lower left. There is a strip of brocade with characters upon it.

Medium
Grey, blue, and pink toned paint brushed onto silk, with a red-brown silk brocade border and rosewood end knobs.

Object Description
Mounted vertical scroll, with five scholars playing a game of Chinese chess in the central plane, and two pairs of scholars on a walkway in the lower central area and in the lower left. Set outdoors, within a hilly landscape.

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