A Demon Queller on a Lion
17th Century - 18th Century
A demon queller on a lion. Artist: Sima Kou. The red upflung bats have special meaning here because 'red' and 'abundant' are pronounced as 'hung', 'fortune' and 'bats' are pronounced as fu, th upward flying bats function as a pun. 'Heng-fu chi-tien', Abundant fortune equates with Heaven.
Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company
[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 32,35
[Book] Getz, John. 1916. Exhibition of Oriental Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: 198 no.66
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