Red Thread Steals a Gold Box

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Maker(s)
Artist: Formerly attributed to Zhou Wenjing (傳)周文靖 (active 1430s-1460s)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 19th century
Medium
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 1.5 x 39 cm (9/16 x 15 3/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1911.264
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

Keywords
China, portrait, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), woman
Provenance

To 1911
Wen Yaw-sai, China, to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Wen Yaw-sai, in China, in 1911 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 824, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Wen Yaw-sai (C.L. Freer source)

Label

Based on the box she is carryong, the woman depicted in the painting is not the famous Mulan, but rather Red Thread (Hong Xian 紅線), heroine of a famous Tang dynasty story (quanqi), translated in The Golden Casket: Chinese Novellas of Two Millenia (Penguin, ), pp. 148–55.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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