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China Anonymous, Chinese
White Eagle, 17th c.
Paint on Paper
46 in. x 28 in. (116.84 cm x 71.12 cm)


Object Type: Scroll
Technique: Brushwork
Period: Ming Dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Credit Line: Gift of Johan Wilhelm Norman Munthe
Accession Number: XX.1.45


Commentary
Old number "L1136/23" written in pencil on the backing paper. Listed in the Munthe inventory (p. 23) as "White eagle perching on a rock, according to Sung tradition. 17th century. Beautiful composition." The inscription reads: "In the style of His Majesty's style of drawing, the painter seems to have created the eagle out of the clouds. With golden eyes, snow-white body, and with sharp claws, who would dare to loosen him? He would soar ten thousand miles away. This little preface is written by the order of His Majesty. Ho Chih-chung." (Yuan)

Marks
Spurious inscription by the Northern Song court painter He Zhizhong (1044-1117) under Huizong: In the style of His Majesty’s style of drawing, the painter seems to have created the eagle out of the clouds. With golden eyes, snow white body and with sharp claws, who would dare to loosen him? He would soar ten thousand miles away. This little preface is written at the order of His Majesty. Your servant He Zhizhong.

Professor Kathleen M. Ryor, Carleton College

Medium
White and green paint with black ink, brushed onto silk, with a light coral/pink silk brocade border.

Object Description
Mounted vertical scroll depicting a white eagle, perched upon a rock, with shrubbery around the ground.

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