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Scholars Playing Chess under a Pine Tree
14th century

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Creator Name: artist unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: painter
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Scholars Playing Chess under a Pine Tree
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: 14th century
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Ink and colors on paper
Dimensions: H.48-1/8 x W.27-3/16 in. (image)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 97.141
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

This 14th century painting depicts a group of five scholars (also called literati) enjoying a game of go in an outdoor setting. Tea is being brewed in the foreground while the participants and their servants look on.

Ideally, literati masters were learned men of culture who had broad interests ranging from calligraphy and painting to music and the collecting of books and antiquities. It was Confucian tradition that scholars be embodiments of moral, intellectual and artistic perfection. The ancient board games of go (wei-ch'i), Chinese chess (hsiang ch'i) and double sixes (liu-po) symbolized this valued trait of intellectual refinement.

AMICA ID: MIA_.97.141
Component Measured: image
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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