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Landscape Painted for Wang Ao
  • Object Name: hanging scroll
  • Artist(s): Shen Zhou (Chinese, 1427-1509)
  • Date Made: 1492
  • Period: Ming 15th century
  • Culture: Chinese
  • Place Made: China
  • Description: A hanging scroll painting of a mountain landscape with two buildings on the shore of a lake. Inside the buildings, a farewell party for Wang Ao is taking place. To the right of the gathering sits an artist, possibly Shen Zhou himself, busily painting. He is likely attempting to complete a painting for Wang Ao so that he and other friends can write poems on it for their friend to take on his journey.
  • Inscriptions & Colophons: Signed by Shen Zhou, impressed with one seal of the artist and inscribed by the artist with a dedication to Wang Ao (1450-1524). Additional inscriptions are by the scholar officials Wen Lin (1445-1499), and Wu Kuan (1435-1504). The scroll is impressed with nine collector's seals.
  • Materials: ink and colour on paper
  • Measurements: sheet: 234.7 cm x 51.7 cm; image: 146.3 cm x 36.5 cm
  • Credit Line: Gift of Sandy and C├ęcile Mactaggart
  • Accession No.: 2004.19.23