Court ladies preparing newly woven silk

early 12th century

Attributed to Emperor Huizong, Chinese, 1082–1135, ruled 1100–1125 Chinese Inscribed by Emperor Zhangzong of the Jin dynasty, r. 1190–1208 Colophon by Zhang Shen, 14th century Label written by Gao Shiqi, Chinese, 1645–1704 Label written by Luo Wenbin, Chinese Chinese


Overall: 37.7 x 466 cm (14 13/16 x 183 7/16 in.) Image: 37.1 x 145 cm (14 5/8 x 57 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink, color, and gold on silk

Not On View






12th century, Emperor Huizong (b. 1082 - d. 1135), Song Dynasty; 1126, upon the defeat of the Northern Song Dynasty by the Jurchens, taken with the art collections to Manchuria; passed to Emperor Zhangzong (b. 1168 - d. 1208), Jin Dynasty. By 1697, Gao Shiqi (b. 1645 - d. 1704), Qing Dynasty. First half of the 19th century, Jin Futing, Shanghai. 1898, with Luo Wenbin (?). May, 1912, sold in Beijing, probably by Wanyan Jingxian (d. by 1928), to Okakura Kakuzo (b. 1862 - d. 1913) for the MFA. (Accession Date: September 5,1912)

Credit Line

Special Chinese and Japanese Fund