Couplet in cursive script

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

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

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

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

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]


[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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