Clearing Out a Mountain Forest

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Maker(s)
Artist: Formerly attributed to Li Song (傳)李嵩 (late 12th-early 13th century)
Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 15th century
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 46.7 x 807.4 cm (18 3/8 x 317 7/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1917.184
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Handscroll

Keywords
baimiao style, China, demon, folk tales, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), snake
Provenance

To 1917
Probably Wanyan Jingxian (circa 1848 - circa 1927-29), Beijing, to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), probably purchased from Wanyan Jingxian, through Seaouke Yue (You Xiaoxi) (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, and Pang Lai Chen (Pang Yuanji) (1864-1949), Shanghai, in Detroit in 1917 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] 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), pg. 28 and pg. 38 (notes 146 and 147), Pang Yuanji and Seaouke Yue were paid a commission by Charles Lang Freer for facilitating the sale of five objects (F1917.183- .187) belonging to a "Peking gentleman." Larsen presents evidence and infers that Wanyan Jingxian was likely the unnamed Peking gentleman. See also, Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 1178, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
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
Wanyan Jingxian (C.L. Freer source) circa 1848 - circa 1927-29

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Figure Painting. Exh. cat. Washington, 1973. cat. 37, pp. 142-155.
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Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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