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China Anonymous, Chinese
Portrait of a Scholar, n. d.
Paint on Silk
67 1/8 in. x 28 7/8 in. (170.5 cm x 73.34 cm)


Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Johan Wilhelm Norman Munthe
Accession Number: XX.1.16


Commentary
This is an excellent example of large scale figure painting of religious figures from the Ming dynasty. While it is unidentified, the figure may be one of the Daoist Eight Immortals, Lü Dongbin. Along with XX.1.51 and the conserved paintings PE 18 and PE 19, adds to the Williamson Gallery’s collection strength in Daoist figure painting.

Professor Kathleen Ryor, Carleton College

Similar to a portrait of Lü Tung-pin in the Munthe collection.

Marks
There are three square red ink seals stamped in the lower right of the image. A signature in black ink runs down the left border, level with the figure's ankle.

Old number "L1780/11" written in pencil on the backing paper.

Medium
Black ink and paints brushed onto silk, with a light grey silk brocade border.

Object Description
Mounted vertical scroll of a standing scholar, with hands folded together. The figure is barefoot and wears a long robe. He has a long beard and mustache, and a purse is worn over his left arm.

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