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  • The thirteen emperors

    歷代帝王圖 卷 (傳 閻立本)

    Chinese
    Tang dynasty
    second half of the 7th century A.D.
    Attributed to Yan Liben (Chinese, about 600–673)

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    Mid-11th century, Yang Bao. Wu Ch'ien (b. about 1090 - d. about 1135); about 1188, sold by a descendant of Wu Ch'ien to Zhou Bichêng (b. 1124 - d. 1205). Chung-shu-shêng, Grand Council of the Song Dynasty; 1274, upon the fall of the Song Dynasty, confiscated by the Yüan army and taken to Dadu (present-day Beijing). 17th century, Li chi-an. 17th/18th century, Ts'ai Shih-yüan. 18th century, acquired by an official. By 1846 until at least 1855, Sun Shou-hsing. 1860, acquired by Lin Shou T'u; 1917, still in the Lin collection [see note 2]. 1925, acquired by Liang Hung-chih, Peking (Beijing); 1931, sold by Liang Hung-chih to Yamanaka and Co., New York; 1931, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 3, 1931) NOTE: [1] Unless otherwise noted, the provenance given here is based on information published by Kojiro Tomita, "Portraits of the Emperors: A Chinese Scroll-Painting, Attributed to Yen Li-pen (Died A. D. 673)," MFA Bulletin, 30, no. 177 (February, 1932): 6 and Wu Tung, Tales from the Land of Dragons: 1,000 Years of Chinese Painting (Boston: MFA, 1997), cat. no. 3, pp. 129-130. [2] Arthur Waley, "A Painting by Yen Li-Pen," Burlington Magazine 35, no. 200 (November, 1919): 198-199.

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    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    51.3 x 531 cm (20 3/16 x 209 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    31.643

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  • Nomads with a tribute horse

    番騎圖 卷 (舊傳 李贊華)

    Chinese
    Song - early Yuan dynasty
    11th–13th century
    Traditionally attributed to Li Zanhua (Chinese, 899–936)

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    Provenance

    1952, T.H. Ching, New York; sold by T.H.Ching to the MFA for $40,000.(Accession Date: October 9,1952)

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    Keith McLeod Fund

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    27.8 x 125.1 cm (10 15/16 x 49 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    52.1380

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  • Illustrations to six texts from the Xiaoya section of the Book of Songs

    小雅南有嘉魚篇書畫 卷 (傳 宋高宗書、馬和之畫)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    datable to the 1160s
    Attributed to Ma Hezhi (Chinese, second half of 12th century), Inscription attributed to Emperor Gaozong (Chinese, 1107–1187, ruled 1127–1162), Frontispiece by Qianlong Emperor of the Qing dynasty (Chinese, ruled 1736–1795), Colophon by Wen Zhengming (Chinese, 1470–1559)

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    Liang Qingbiao (b. 1620 - d. 1691). 1770, Emperor Qianlong (b. 1711 - d. 1799), Qing Dynasty; his son, Emperor Jiaqing (b. 1760 - d. 1820), Qing Dynasty; to Emperor Xuantong, Pu Yi (b. 1906 - d. 1967); taken by Pu Yi to Changchun, Manchukuo and after 1945, dispersed in China [see note 1]. Private collection, Japan. 1951, C. C. Wang (b. 1907 - d. 2003), New York; sold by Wang to the MFA for $12,000. (Accession Date: May 10, 1951) NOTES: [1] This is one in a group of scrolls, known as the Mao Shih scrolls, which are now in collections throughout the world. On their provenance, see Xu Bangda, "The Mao Shih Scrolls: Authenticity and Other Issues," in Words and Images: Chinese Poetry, Calligraphy, and Painting, ed. Alfreda Murck and Wen C. Fong (New York, 1991), 267-268.

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    Marshall H. Gould Fund

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    27 x 383.8 cm (10 5/8 x 151 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    51.698

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  • Five-colored parakeet on a blossoming apricot tree

    五色鸚鵡圖 卷 (宋徽宗)

    Chinese
    Northern Song dynasty
    datable to 1110s
    Emperor Huizong (Chinese, 1082–1135, ruled 1100–1125)

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    Emperor Wenzong (b. 1304 - d. 1332), Yuan dynasty. Dai Mingyue (active 1625 -1674). Song Lao (b. 1634 - d. 1713). 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]. 19th/20th century, Chang Yun-chung. By 1927, Yamamoto Teijiro (b. 1870 -d. 1937), Tokyo; sold by Yamamoto Teijiro to Yamanaka and Co., New York; 1933, sold by Yamanaka to the MFA for $11,000. (Accession Date: March 2, 1933) 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.

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    Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

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    Image: 53.3 x 125.1 cm (21 x 49 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    33.364

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  • Winter landscape with temples and travelers

    雪山樓閣圖 軸 (傳 范寬)

    Chinese
    Northern Song dynasty
    11th century
    Attributed to Fan Kuan (Chinese, active late 10th–early 11th century)

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    Emperor Wenzong (b. 1304 - d. 1332), Yuan dynasty. 19th century, Fang-lin (?). 1913, with a Mr. Re, China; October 5, 1913, sold by Mr. Re to Koichi Hayasaki (b. 1874 - d. 1956) and taken to Japan [see note 1]; December, 1913, shipped to Boston and purchased by the MFA. (Accession Date: January 8, 1914) NOTES: [1] Koichi Hayasaki served as the MFA's purchasing agent in China.

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    Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

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    Image: 182.4 x 103 cm (71 13/16 x 40 9/16 in.) Overall: 319 x 135 cm (125 9/16 x 53 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    14.52

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  • Winter landscape with travelers

    雪山行旅圖 軸 (舊傳 李成)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    late 12th century
    Traditionally attributed to Li Cheng (Chinese, 919 to about 967)

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    May, 1912, purchased in Beijing by Okakura Kakuzo (b. 1862 - d. 1913) for the MFA. (Accession Date: September 5, 1912)

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    Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

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    93.3 x 37 cm (36 3/4 x 14 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.879

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  • Winter landscape

    雪山圖 軸 (姚彥卿)

    Chinese
    Yuan dynasty
    about 1340
    Yao Yanqing (Chinese, active early 14th century)

    Description

    Provenance

    1914, purchased in China by Koichi Hayasaki (b. 1874 - d. 1956) for the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3,1915) NOTE: Koichi Hayasaki served as the MFA's purchasing agent in China.

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    Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

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    Image: 159.2 x 48.2 cm (62 11/16 x 19 in.) Overall: 243 x 76.2 cm (95 11/16 x 30 in.)

    Accession Number

    15.902

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  • Clear weather in the valley

    平林霽色圖 卷 (舊傳 董源)

    Chinese
    Jin or Yuan dynasty
    13th–14th century
    Formerly attributed to Dong Yuan (Chinese, died 962), Colophon by Dong Qichang (Chinese, 1555–1636)

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    Emperor Wenzong (b. 1304 - d. 1332), Yuan dynasty. 17th century, Zhang family, Zouping and Chang'an (Zhang Yandeng; Zhang Gong [in 1633]; Zhang Youliang; and Zhang Ruoqi). 19th century, Fang-lin (?). By 1911, Wanyan Jingzian (d. by 1928), Beijing; May, 1912, sold by Wanyan Jingxian to Okakura Kakuzo (b. 1862 - d. 1913) for the MFA. (Accession Date: September 5, 1912)

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    Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

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    37.5 x 150.8 cm (14 3/4 x 59 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.903

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  • Sailboat in rainstorm

    風雨行舟圖 團扇 (夏珪)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    about 1189–94
    Xia Gui (Chinese, late 12th–early 13th century)

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    14th century, Mu Lin (b. 1345 - d. 1392), Prince of Ch'ien-ning. Juan Yuan (b. 1764 - d. 1849). By about 1900, Wanyan Jingxian (d. by 1928), Beijing [see note 1];1912, sold by Wanyan Jingxian to Okakura Kakuzo (b. 1862 - d. 1913) for the MFA. (Accession Date: September 5, 1912) NOTES: [1] According to a statement in his own painting catalogue, Wanyan Jingxian lost this object (part of an album, MFA accession nos. 12.889 - 12.901) during the Boxer Rebellion, but recovered it shortly thereafter.

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    Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

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    23.9 x 25.1 cm (9 7/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.891

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  • Calligraphy of poem by Su Shi in semi-cursive and regular scripts

    行楷蘇軾詩句 團扇 (宋孝宗)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    about 1189–94
    Emperor Xiaozong (Chinese, 1127–1194, ruled 1162–1189)

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    14th century, Mu Lin (b. 1345 - d. 1392), Prince of Ch'ien-ning. Juan Yuan (b. 1764 - d. 1849). By about 1900, Wanyan Jingxian (d. by 1928), Beijing [see note 1];1912, sold by Wanyan Jingxian to Okakura Kakuzo (b. 1862 - d. 1913) for the MFA. (Accession Date: September 5, 1912) NOTES: [1] According to a statement in his own painting catalogue, Wanyan Jingxian lost this object (part of an album, MFA accession nos. 12.889 - 12.901) during the Boxer Rebellion, but recovered it shortly thereafter.

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    Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

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    23.9 x 25.1 cm (9 7/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.892

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  • Lake view with a palace lady riding a deer

    谿頭秋色圖 斗方 (馬麟)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    second quarter of the 13th century
    Ma Lin (Chinese, 1220s–1260s)

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    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    25.2 x 26.3 cm (9 15/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    28.837a

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  • Calligraphy of a quatrain in semi-cursive and regular scripts

    行楷七言絕句 斗方 (宋理宗)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    second quarter of the 13th century
    Emperor Lizong (Chinese, 1205–1264, ruled 1225–1264)

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    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    25 x 25.8 cm (9 13/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    28.837b

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  • Lady Wenji's return to China: encampment in the desert

    文姬歸漢圖 殘卷 第三拍:原野宿廬 (佚名)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    second quarter of the 12th century
    Artist Unidentified

    Description

    Provenance

    1928, Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Boston; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1,1928)

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    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    24.7 x 49.8 cm (9 3/4 x 19 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    28.62

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  • Lady Wenji's return to China: encampment by a stream

    文姬歸漢圖 殘卷 第五拍:水草卓歇 (佚名)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    second quarter of the 12th century
    Artist Unidentified

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    Provenance

    Ross Collection.

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    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    25 x 46.6 cm (9 13/16 x 18 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    28.63

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  • Lady Wenji's return to China: parting from nomad husband and children

    文姬歸漢圖 殘卷 第十三拍:惜別返國 (佚名)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    second quarter of the 12th century
    Artist Unidentified

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    Ross Collection.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    24.8 x 67.2 cm (9 3/4 x 26 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    28.64

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  • Lady Wenji's return to China: Wenji arriving home

    文姬歸漢圖 殘卷 第十八拍:歸來故鄉 (佚名)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    second quarter of the 12th century
    Artist Unidentified

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    Provenance

    Ross Collection.

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    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    25 x 55.8 cm (9 13/16 x 21 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    28.65

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  • Wenji and her family

    文姬圖 斗方 (舊傳 顧德謙)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    late 12th–early 13th century
    Formerly attributed to Gu Deqian (Chinese, active second half of 10th century)

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    Provenance

    Juan Yuan (b. 1764 - d. 1849). By about 1900, Wanyan Jingxian (d. by 1928), Beijing [see note 1];1912, sold by Wanyan Jingxian to Okakura Kakuzo (b. 1862 - d. 1913) for the MFA. (Accession Date: September 5, 1912) NOTES: [1] According to a statement in his own painting catalogue, Wanyan Jingxian lost this object (part of an album, MFA accession nos. 12.889 - 12.901) during the Boxer Rebellion, but recovered it shortly thereafter.

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    Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

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    24.4 x 22.2 cm (9 5/8 x 8 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.898

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  • Khitan falconer with horse

    番馬圖 團扇 (舊傳 胡瓌)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    12th century
    Traditionally attributed to Hu Gui (Chinese, active first half of 10th century)

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    Provenance

    Juan Yuan (b. 1764 - d. 1849). By about 1900, Wanyan Jingxian (d. by 1928), Beijing [see note 1];1912, sold by Wanyan Jingxian to Okakura Kakuzo (b. 1862 - d. 1913) for the MFA. (Accession Date: September 5, 1912) NOTES: [1] According to a statement in his own painting catalogue, Wanyan Jingxian lost this object (part of an album, MFA accession nos. 12.889 - 12.901) during the Boxer Rebellion, but recovered it shortly thereafter.

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    Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

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    23.4 x 24.1 cm (9 3/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.895

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  • Women and children by a lotus pond

    荷亭嬰戲圖 團扇 (舊傳 王齊翰)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    first half of 13th century
    Formerly attributed to Wang Qihan (Chinese, active 961–975)

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    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    23.9 x 25.8 cm (9 7/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    28.842a

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  • Lady watching a maid with a parrot

    調鸚圖 團扇 (舊傳 王居正)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    early 13th century
    Formerly attributed to Wang Juzheng (Chinese, active early 11th century)

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    Provenance

    1937, sold by Tonying and Co., New York, to the MFA for $600. (Accession Date: April 1, 1937)

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    Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

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    Overall: 23.4 x 24.2cm (9 3/16 x 9 1/2in.)

    Accession Number

    37.302

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  • Lady at her dressing table in a garden

    靚妝仕女圖 團扇 (蘇漢臣)

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    mid-12th century
    Su Hanchen (Chinese, active 1120s–1160s)

    Description

    Provenance

    1929, Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Boston; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA.(Accession Date: June 6,1929)

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    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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    25.2 x 26.7 cm (9 15/16 x 10 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    29.960

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