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Object TitleMing Huang's Journey to Shu
Object Number: C137
Current Location: Out on loan
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Ming Dynasty
Date Made: 14th Century - 15th Century
Early Date: 1300
Late Date: 1499
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Paint
Technique:Painted
Iconography:Ming Huang's Journey to Shu
Ming Huang
Horses
Human Figures
Mountain Landscape
Height: 203.84cm
Width: 147.64cm
Credit Line:Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company, 1916
Other NumberGETZ 51 - Other Number

Description

This painting depicts a romantic tragedy involving the Tang Emperor Xuanzong (685 - 762 CE), also known by his posthumous name Minghuang, who fell in love with a beautiful concubine named Yang Guifei. Yang Gufei brought about the temporary fall of the Tang Dynasty through her involvement with a Turkic general named An Lushan in 757 CE.

An Lushan led a revolt against the Tang Empire, forcing the emperor to flee the capital to Shu, today Sichuan Province. The soldiers who accompanied Xuanzong blamed Yang Guifei for the rebellion and forced the Emperor to execute her en route.

Depicted here is the journey to Shu, winding through the slender, jagged mountains on foot and horseback. Although the painting is from the Ming Dynasty, the strong blue and green colors are characteristic of the earlier Tang Dynasty style. Formerly attributed to Li Zhadao 李昭道 (flourished early 8th century). Formerly in the collection of John Calvin Ferguson (1866 - 1945 CE). The painting has ten seals including ones from the Qianlong Emperor, Xiang Molin, and An Qi.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)View Objects in Exhibition
Harrison Chinese Rotunda Inaugural Exhibition ( Feb 1916)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Qian, Zhaoming. 1995. Orientalism and Modernism: The Legacy of China in Pound and Williams. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Front Cover and Figure 25, pp. 117-118View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Lyons, Elizabeth. 1986. Ming Huang's Journey to Shu: The History of a Painting. Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 28 (3): 22-28. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Soper, Alexander C. 1967. A Ninth Century Landscape Painting in the Japanese Imperial Palace and Some Chinese Parallels. Artibus Asiae. 29 (4) Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 61View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Ferguson, John C. 1927. Chinese Painting. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 71View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 57View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The Univesity Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 194 no.51View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] M. Knoedler & Co. 1914. Catalogue of early Chinese paintings of the T'ang, Sung and Yuan dynasties A.D. 600-1400. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 1View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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