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Attributed to Pei Wen Ni, Chinese, (1023–1063)
Tending the Cattle, 17th c.
Paint and Ink on Silk
42 in. x 26 1/4 in. (106.68 cm x 66.68 cm)


Object Type: Scroll
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. William Bacon Pettus
Accession Number: PE279


Commentary
No signature or inscription. Five seals in lower right corner.

A nice painting of the theme, which has already been conserved.

Professor Kathleen M. Ryor, Carleton College

Marks
There is a red oval seal stamped in the top center. There are red seals in the lower right - three square, one round, and one rectangular, which read Kuan Ching Chai Chen Wan (seal of the Kuan Ching Studio), a collector's seal, an illegible seal, P'ing Chow Chen Shang (inspector), and Ching Yuan T'ang Yin.
A faded square red ink seal in stamped in the lower left (illegible).
Signature (Pei Wen Ni) near the right edge, just below the center.

On the outside of the scroll, in pencil: Sung. P'ei Wen Ni. Tending the Cattle.

Medium
Black ink and faint paint on silk, with a blue silk brocade mounting.

Object Description
Vertical hanging scroll of a boy crossing a river, riding one of the cattle. Another boy is on the back of one on the shore, with a cow standing nearby.

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