University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object TitleThe Spirit-Dragon's Sword Appraisal
Object Number: C115
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Qing Dynasty
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1891
Section:Asian
Technique:Painted
Iconography:The Spirit-Dragon's Sword Appraisal
Length: 48cm
Width: 48cm
Credit Line:Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company, 1916
Other NumberGETZ 57 - Other Number

Description

The subject of the painting is unknown. A central figure sits on a rock underneath a pine tree, apparently appraising the sword that lies in his lap. A second figure approaches carrying another sword in its cloth wrapping. A third figure kneels in front of the first with his hands clasped in respectful greeting. A dragon on the third figure's back is evdently key to identifying the story, which has yet to be identified. Two further figures stand by, holding pikes. The title and colophon are dated 1891, and are ostensibly by the collector Xu Qi 徐琪 (1849-1918). They attribute the painting, entirely implausibly, to the 10th c. monk-painter Ling Zong 令宗 under the title "The Spirit-Dragon's Sword Appraisal" 神龍說劍圖. The painting is likely to be of 18th or 19th c. date.


Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 21View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] M. Knoedler & Co. 1914. Catalogue of early Chinese paintings of the T'ang, Sung and Yuan dynasties A.D. 600-1400. : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 7View Objects cited in this Publication

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