Nine dragons

九龍圖卷 (陳容)

Southern Song dynasty
dated 1244
Chen Rong (Chinese, first half of the 13th century)

Catalogue Raisonné

T. WU, Tales from the Land of Dragons, 1997, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, pp. 197-201


Overall: 46.8 x 1496.5 cm (18 7/16 x 589 3/16 in.) Image: 46.2 x 958.4 cm (18 3/16 x 377 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink and color on paper

On View

Paul and Helen Bernat Gallery (Gallery 274)






17th century, Geng Zhaozhong (b. 1640 - d. 1686), Shandong, China. 18th century, Emperor Qianlong (b. 1711 - d. 1799), Qing Dynasty; to Emperor Jiaqing (b. 1760 - d. 1820), Qing Dynasty; probably given by one of the later Qing emperors to Yixin, Prince Gong (b. 1833 - d. 1898) [see note 1]. 1917, Yamanaka and Co., New York; sold by Yamanaka to the MFA for $25,000. (Accession Date: June 14, 1917) NOTES: [1] See Zhang Hongxing, "The Nineteenth-Century Provenance of the Admonitions Scroll: A Hypothesis," in Gu Kaizhi and the Admonitions Scroll, ed. S. McCausland (London, 2003), p. 278.

Credit Line

Francis Gardner Curtis Fund