Illustrated Stories of Former Emperors and Their Subjects

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At A Glance

  • Period

    17th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (image): 24.1 x 299.4 cm (9 1/2 x 117 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Formerly attributed to Li Gonglin (傳)李公麟 (ca. 1049-1106)
  • Description

    Handscroll consisting of six sections of figure painting depicting episodes from the lives of past emperors and noted personages, each section followed by text narrating the story. Inscription and 13 seals on painting; three seals on back silk mounting.
  • Marks

    13 seals on painting; three seals on back silk mounting.
  • Inscriptions

    Inscription purporting to be by Li Gonglin.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Chinese Figure Painting (September 17, 1973 to January 3, 1975)
    Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Memorial Exhibition (September 25, 1971 to October 2, 1972)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
  • Type

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