Couplet in cursive script

Maker(s)
Artist: Chen Xianzhang ( 1428-1500)
Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, mid-late 15th century
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 183.4 x 91.5 cm (72 3/16 x 36 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1945.41
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Calligraphy
Type

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

Keywords
China, couplet, cursive script, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1945
Mrs. Edith Drake, Chicago, Illinois. [1]

1945
American-Chinese Committee of the Mass Education Movement, Chicago, Illinois. [2]

From 1945
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from the American-Chinese Committee of the Mass Education Movement, Chicago, Illinois. [3]

Notes:

[1] See object file. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, “owned by Mrs. Drake Tonying acted as agent”.

[2] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[3] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Mrs. Edith L. Drake
American-Chinese Committee of the Mass Education Movement Founded 1920s

Published References
  • Smithsonian Institution. Report of the Secretary, 1946-1947. Washington. pl. 1.
  • Sze Mai-Mai. The Tao of Painting: A Study for the Ritual Disposition of Chinese Painting. Bollingen Series, no. 49 2 vols., New York. pl. 5.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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