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  • Title: Elephant, Horse, and Hare
  • Creator: Min Zhen (Chinese, 1730-after 1788)
  • Date Created: 1788
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 29 x 18.4 cm (11 7/16 x 7 1/4 in.)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1985.71.1
  • Medium: album leaf, ink on paper
  • Series in Original Language: 雑畫圖冊
  • Series: Album of Miscellaneous Subjects
  • Inscriptions: Inscription by Min Chen on the last leaf: I have a habit of collecting strange rocks. My friend Tai-li shan-jen* treasures my paintings as much as I treasure strange rocks. Once we agreed to exchange what we love with each other. However, my busy activities have kept me from carrying this out. This summer I realized that this strange rock has been sitting in my studio for five years, so I painted this to fulfill my old promise. As a record, I chose the grotesque cliff in the last scene of this twelve-leaf album. Cheng-chai, Min Chen inscribed this on the sixth day of the sixth month [July 9] of the wu-shen year [1788]. * Tai-li shan-jen is Wang Li [tzu: Li-fu] tr. Hou-mei Ishida Six seals appearing on the leaves: Min Chen, Cheng-chai, Ching-ch'iao, Chen, Liao-t'ang, Min Chen chih-yin.
  • Fun Fact: The artist might have seen an elephant in the imperial zoo when he lived worked in Beijing from 1773 to 1784.
  • Department: Chinese Art
  • Culture: China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: ASIAN - Album leaf
  • Accession Number: 1985.71.1

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