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Sheep and Goat
by Zhao Mengfu (1254–1322)
China, Yuan dynasty, early 14th century
Handscroll; ink on paper
25.2 x 48.4 cm (10 x 19 in.)
The inscription reads: "I have painted horses before, but have never painted sheep [or goats], so when Zhongxin requested a painting, I playfully drew these for him from life. Though I cannot get close to the ancient masters, I have managed somewhat to capture their essential spirit."