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Attributed to Hu Chai, Chinese
"Bearded Man Taunting Two Boys", n. d.
Paint on Silk
74 1/2 in. x 38 3/4 in. (189.23 cm x 98.43 cm)

Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Johan Wilhelm Norman Munthe
Accession Number: XX.1.6

Alternate Title: Bearded Man Taunting Two Boys

Listed in the Munthe inventory (p.68). The handwritten text reads: "Signature and seals of Hu Chai. Inscription reads: You are likely to have honorable sons, one after another. Their names will be at the top of the Imperial examination lists. Happiness can be seen from the (illegible). The good news will come suddenly."

Black ink calligraphy with two square red ink seals and one oval red ink seal, in upper right of image.

Black and colored ink brushed on silk, with a lilac silk brocade border.

Object Description
Mounted scroll depicting a large, hairy man holding up a cherry blossom branch in his right hand. There are two boys in front of him. The taller boy holds the smaller one on his shoulders, while the smaller boy reaches for the branch with his right hand. There is a bat depicted between the boy's hand and the branch. Two very large Chinese coins are tied together and hanging over the boy's back.

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