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: Red Thread Steals a Gold Box

Red Thread Steals a Gold Box 紅線盜盒圖

Type
Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)
Maker(s)
Artist: Formerly attributed to Zhou Wenju (傳)周文矩 (active mid-10th century)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 19th century
Medium
Ink and color on silk
Dimension(s)
H x W (panel): 150.2 x 55.4 cm (59 1/8 x 21 13/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1911.264
Label
Based on the box she is carryong, the woman depicted in the painting is not the famous Mulan, but rather Red Thread (Hong Xian }}), heroine of a famous Tang dynasty story (quanqi), translated in The Golden Casket: Chinese Novellas of Two Millenia (Penguin, ), pp. 148 55.

To 1911
Wen Yaw-sai, China, to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Wen Yaw-sai, in China, in 1911 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 824, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
Wen Yaw-sai (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Keyword(s)
China, portrait, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), woman
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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