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Object TitleSearching for Truth or Landscape with Philosophers
Object Number: C127
Current Location: Out on loan
Provenience: China
Maker: Zhou Chen
Period: Ming Dynasty
Date Made: Ming Dynasty
Early Date: 1368
Late Date: 1644
Height: 177.8cm
Width: 91.4cm
Credit Line:Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company, 1916
Other NumberGETZ 60 - Other Number


Chinese painting titled: "Searching for Truth or Landscape with Philosophers" attributed to Zhou Chen 周臣 (1460–1535 CE) . Two scholars play weiqi under trees while a third approaches with a servant boy carrying a qin on his back. The open setting is framed here in both lower corners by rocks. Thus the viewers are unconsciously led to concentrate on the figures and their engagements. Rocks stylized but the trees are interestingly arranged and depicted. Formerly in the collection of John Calvin Ferguson (1866 - 1945 CE).

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New Directions in Yuan Painting (02 Dec 2006 - 04 Dec 2006)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Cahill, James. 2001. "Five Rediscovered Ming and Qing Paintings in the University of Pennsylvania". Orientations. 32 (2): 62-68. : Page/Fig./Plate: 62-68View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 36, No. 21View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The Univesity Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: 197 no.60View 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. 14View Objects cited in this Publication

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