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Album of Miscellaneous Subjects, Leaf 9

Fan Qiearly 1650s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Leaf 9 Zhou Yi's colophon reads: Ancient trees share the slanting rays of the setting sun. Chilly ravens hover round their branches. The leader of the flock thinks this a good place to rest, Evening being the time for returning. This flock is the so-called filial crow, Who, in disgorging their own food [to feed the young], have compassionate hearts. Were the people in the world all like this, Fine talent would be everywhere.

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  • Title: Album of Miscellaneous Subjects, Leaf 9
  • Creator: Fan Qi (Chinese, 1616-aft 1694)
  • Date Created: early 1650s
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 12.6 x 17.3 cm (4 15/16 x 6 13/16 in.); Overall: 21 x 22 cm (8 1/4 x 8 11/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Tomioka Tessai 富岡鐵齋 [1836–1924], (Robert G. Sawers [b. c. 1934], London, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1975.22.9
  • Medium: album leaf, ink and color on silk
  • Original Title: 山水花鳥圖冊
  • Inscriptions: Artist seal: Fan Qi 樊圻. Poem by Zhou Yi 周儀 (mid 17th century–about 1705): Ancient trees share the slanting rays of the setting sun/ Chilly ravens hover round their branches/ The leader of the flock thinks this is a good place to rest,/ Evening being the time for returning./ This flock is the so-called a filial crow,/ Who, in disgorging their food [to feed their young], have compassionate hearts,/ Were the people in the world all like this,/ Fine talent would be everywhere.
  • Fun Fact: The winter landscape turns ocher at dusk, and the birds roost for the night.
  • Department: Chinese Art
  • Culture: China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: ASIAN - Album leaf
  • Accession Number: 1975.22.9

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