Palace Ladies Bathing Infants


Artist: Traditionally attributed to Zhou Wenju (傳)周文矩 (active mid-10th century)
Calligrapher: Geng Zhaozhong 耿昭忠 , colophon (1640-1686)
Historical period(s)
Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century
Ink and color on silk
H x W (image): 23 x 24.5 cm (9 1/16 x 9 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 15: Setting the Bar: Arts of the Song Dynasty
Album, Painting

Fan (mounted as album leaf)

bathing, child, China, Song dynasty (960 - 1279), Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279), woman, WWII-era provenance

To 1935
Tonying and Company, New York. [1]

From 1935
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Tonying and Company, New York. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Tonying and Company


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Published References
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Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
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