You Xiaoxi (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1917 
From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from You Xiaoxi in 1917 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 1212, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
You Xiaoxi (C.L. Freer source) late 19th-early 20th century
Two eagles, having both staked claims to the same sturdy tree branch, maintain unwavering stances, each appearing ready to confront the other, if provoked. Eagles became associated with noble characters during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). A complete rebus paired an eagle (ying) with a bear (xiong) to form the word for hero (yingxiong). However, many artists considered the eagle's natural characteristics sufficient for conveying a message of heroism.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
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