Landscape with Gibbons and Cranes

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At A Glance

  • Period

    18th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink and color on silk
  • Dimension

    H x W (image): 27.7 x 271.1 cm (10 7/8 x 106 3/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Formerly attributed to Qiu Ying 仇英 (ca. 1494-1552)
  • Description

    Depicting, in the "blue and green style," two cranes, and a total of eighteen gibbons (black, white, gray and brown). Among the gibbons are a mother and her children. They are distributed in a wooded landscape, with pine trees, flowering trees, and pink bamboo, and with a stream running through it and two waterfalls. Some of the gibbons are climbing pine trees, picking berries, catching fleas, and forming a chain from a branch to catch a crab. Forged signature, two seals.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Michael Tomkinson (1841-1921) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Provenance

    To 1904
    Michael Tomkinson (1841-1921), Kidderminster, England, to 1904 [1]
    From 1904 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Michael Tomkinson in 1904 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Reserved Makimono List, R. 452, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.This object exhibits seals, colophons, or inscriptions that could provide additional information regarding the object’s history; see Curatorial Remarks in the object record for further details.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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