A Tartar Huntsman on His Horse

Artist: Formerly attributed to Zhao Mengfu 趙孟頫 (1254-1322)
Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 15th century
Ink and color on silk
H x W (image): 124.5 x 88.2 cm (49 x 34 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

China, horse, hunting, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644)

Ch'en Ta Whah Ling, Weihsien, Shantung [1]

To 1911
By Ray-sai, China, to 1911 [2]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from By Ray-sai, in China, in 1911 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] According to Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record, this object was formerly in the collection of Ch'en Ta Whah Ling of Weihsien, Shantung.
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 Original Panel List, L. 826, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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)

By Rai-sai (C.L. Freer source)
Chen Ta Whah Ling
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919


While the huntsman's face and the horse are depicted in profile, the man's body is in three-quarter view. This presents a certain incoherence in the compositional relationship between the horse and its rider. Details of the hunter's headgear and costume, as well as the sword, bow, arrows, and quiver, are nevertheless finely depicted. A rabbit hung from the saddle indicates that the rider is returning from a hunting trip. The subtle ink brushwork employed for the landscape backdrop balances well with the colorful and eye-catching horse and rider.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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