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Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Chinese; c.1388-1462 Asia,East Asia,China
Landscape with Daoist Immortals
Ming Dynasty (1368-1662); mid-15th cen.
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Hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk
Depicts a rustic figure watching two gentlemen playing weiqi under a cliff. most likely depicts the tale of the Han dynasty (206 B.C. - A.D. 222) woodcutter Wang Zhi. One day Wang went into the mountains to find firewood. On his way he encountered twomen playing weiqi, and he asked if he could watch their game. After some time one of the men looked up and remarked that the handle of Wang's axe had rotted away. Astonished, Wang realized that he was in the presence of Daoist immortals, and rushed back to his village, only to find that several hundred years had elapsed in the course of watching the game. Eventually Wang Zhi himself became an immortal. (S. Little, 1999)
175.2 x 106.7 cm.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Russell Tyson, Avery Brundage, and Samuel M. Nickerson Endowment Funds
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