A Hunting Scene

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Artist: Formerly attributed to Wang Meng 王蒙 (ca. 1308-1385)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 18th century
Ink and color on silk
H x W (image): 34.9 x 231.8 cm (13 3/4 x 91 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


China, hunting, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)

To 1909
Riu Cheng Chai, Beijing, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Riu Cheng Chai, Beijing, in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 690, 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.

Previous Owner(s)

Riu Cheng Chai (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


In this short handscroll, a Manchurian nobleman and his entourage are depicted in a lively fashion as they engage in various activities on their hunting excursion. The actions of the horses--from chasing to catching the quarry--are also well illustrated. Noticeably, the background is rendered in the manner of the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644) landscape master Lan Ying (1585-ca. 1644), revealing an unusual combination of the men-and-horses genre and the later landscape tradition. This may suggest that at least two, if not more, artists collaborated on this painting.

Published References
  • Marjorie Wall Bingham. An Age of Empires, 1200-1750. Oxford and New York, 2005. p. 137.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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