Man cleaning his ear

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Maker(s)
Artist: Formerly attributed to Zhou Wenju (傳)周文矩 (active mid-10th century)
Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
Medium
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 31.5 x 42.3 cm (12 3/8 x 16 5/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1911.486
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Handscroll

Keywords
China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644)
Provenance

To 1911
Loon Gu-sai, Beijing, to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Loon Gu-sai in 1911 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Panel List, L. 84, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. According to Ingrid Larsen, "'Don’t Send Ming or Later Pictures': Charles Lang Freer and the First Major Collection of Chinese Painting in an American Museum," Ars Orientalis vol. 40 (2011), Loon Gu Sai was possibly Lunguzhai, a store in the antiques district of Liulichang.
This object exhibits seals, colophons, or inscriptions that could provide additional information regarding the object’s history; see Curatorial Remarks in the object record for further details.

[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
Loon Gu Sai (C.L. Freer source)

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Figure Painting. Exh. cat. Washington, 1973. cat. 13, p. 78-80.
  • Robert Hans van Gulik. Chinese Pictorial Art as Viewed by the Connoisseur: Notes on the Means and Methods of Traditional Chinese Connoisseurship of Pictorial Art, Based Upon a Study of the Art of Mounting Scrolls in China and Japan.
    . Orientale Roma, vol. 19 Rome. opp. p. 246, fig. 95.
  • Suzuki Kei. Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku (Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Painting). 5 vols., Tokyo, 1982-1983. p. 222.
  • Hai wai i chen (Chinese Art in Overseas Collections). Taipei, 1985. vol. 1, no. 32.
  • Jan Stuart. A Scholar's Garden in Ming China: Dream and Reality. vol. 3, no. 4 New York, Fall 1990. .
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Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
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