Islands of the Immortals

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Artist: Formerly attributed to Li Sixun (651-718)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 1644-1911
Ink, color, and gold on silk
H x W (image): 35.8 x 1216.4 cm (14 1/8 x 478 7/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


blue-and-green style, China, Daoist Immortals, forgery, landscape, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)

To 1911
Yung Go, China, to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yung Go in 1911 [2]

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


[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 704, 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)

Yung Go (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Published References
  • The Encyclopedia of World Art. 17 vols., New York, 1959-1968. pl. 154.
  • Hugo Munsterberg. The Landscape Painting of China and Japan., 1st ed. Rutland, VT. pl. 68.
  • Otto Fischer. Chinesische Landschaftsmalerei., 3rd ed. Berlin and Vienna. pl. 30.
  • Osvald Siren. Kinas Konst Under Tre Artusenden. 2 vols., Stockholm, 1942-1943. pl. 30b.
  • Lawrence Binyon. Painting in the Far East: An Introduction to the History of Pictorial Art in Asia Especially China and Japan., 1st ed. London and New York, 1908 - 1969. op. p. 80, pl. 6.
  • Osvald Siren. A History of Early Chinese Painting. 2 vols., London. vol. 1, pl. 43.
  • Dr. Berthold Laufer. The Wang Chuan Tu, a Landscape of Wang Wei. vol. 1, no. 1 Berlin. p. 55.
  • Arthur Pontynen. The Early Development of Taoist Art. Ann Arbor, 1985. pp. 206-208.
  • The Freer Collection. vol. 3, no. 8 New York and Washington, June 1912. p. 616.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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