Courtesans with fan and flute
- Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)
- Artist: Formerly attributed to Zhang Gui (active mid-12th century)
- Historical period(s)
- Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century
- Ink and color on silk
- 156.2 x 88.8 cm
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- In the In the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, visits to urban pleasure quarters were a regular occurrence in upper-class life. For educated men, an interlude with a courtesan was a time to shake off official duties and Confucian responsibilities, and they enjoyed being entertained by witty and artistically talented women who played chess, wrote poetry, danced, and knew music. This painting of a young woman who suggestively holds a flute is charged with sexual innuendo. Her companion, a more senior courtesan, holds a rose in a gesture that frequently appears in erotic Chinese paintings.
Lee Van Ching (Li Wenqing) (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1916 
From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lee Van Ching, in New York, in 1916 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 1279, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, LVC Catalogue, 1915, No. 76.
 See note 1.
 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
- C.L. Freer source: Lee Van Ching (Li Wenqing) 李文卿 (circa 1869 - 1931)
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- Chinese Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum