Wang Jiantang, Shanghai to 1919 
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Wang Jiantang in 1919 
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 1320, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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
Wang Jiangtang (C.L. Freer source)
The thrusting branches of plum blossoms not only signify winter's end but also allude to this bearded scholar's search for poetic thoughts, traditionally believed to be inspired by a quest for plum blossoms. Carrying a wrapped zither, the attendant seems lost in poetic reverie as well. The pristine delicacy of the plum flowers symbolizes a lofty pureness of thought, the same quality suggested by the scholar's decision to bring a qin along for musical accompaniment.
- Published References
- Suiboku bijutsu taikei. 17 vols., Tokyo, 1973-1977. pl. 115.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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