Two Mounted Hunters

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century
Medium
ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W: 117.8 x 58 cm (46 3/8 x 22 13/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1915.32
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

Keywords
bridge, China, hunting, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), river, water
Provenance

To 1915
Lee Kee Son, San Francisco, to 1915 [1]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lee Kee Son in 1915 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 983, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[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)

Lee Kee Son (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

Two riders on a spring outing bring along their hawk and bows as they leisurely set out for the hunt. Their headdresses and black boots are typical of those worn by aristocrats of the Tang dynasty (618–907). The leaves, branches, and trunks of trees are all depicted with carefully outlined brushwork, while the rocks and mountains, colored with mineral green, are rendered in the Tang tradition of blue-and-green landscape painting. Dating to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), this is a later copy or variation on the hunting theme that first became popular during the Tang dynasty.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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