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Chinese couplet

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    18th century
  • Geography

    Japan
  • Material

    Ink on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 110.1 x 25.5 cm (43 3/8 x 10 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1978.11a-d
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1978.11a-d

Object Details

  • Artist

    Gion Nankai 祇園南海 (1677-1751)
  • Description

    Hanging scroll with two lines of fluently written Chinese characters.
  • Marks

    The upper intaglio seal beneath the signature reads, "Genyu no in." The lower relief seal reads, "Kan fu jin sho sen saishu."
  • Inscriptions

    The inscription reads, "Cramped yet without hindrance in my thatched hut/Content in poverty, I enjoy the scent of cabbage."
  • Provenance

    To 1978
    Dr. Kurt A. Gitter, New Orleans, LA [1]
    From 1978
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Dr. Kurt A. Gitter, New Orleans, LA [2]
    Notes:
    [1] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office. Also see Curatorial Remark 5 in the object record.
    [2] Object was donated to the Freer Study Collection on February 1978 and transferred to the Freer Permanent Collection on March 1978. See May 13, 1996 dated folder sheet note, object file.
    Also see note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    From Concept to Context: Approaches to Asian and Islamic Calligraphy (July 28, 1986 to February 6, 1987)
    Japanese Nanga School Painting (November 7, 1985 to March 9, 1987)
    Japanese Calligraphy (December 21, 1984 to November 7, 1985)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dr. Kurt Gitter
  • Origin

    Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Dr. Kurt A. Gitter in memory of Harold P. Stern
  • Type

    Calligraphy
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