University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object TitleMythical Taoist Personages
Object Number: C139
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Chinese
Taoist
Provenience: China
Maker: Fong Chun Nien
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: 18th Century - 19th Century
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Materials:Silk
Technique:Painted
Iconography:Taoist Figure
Xiwangmu
Shoulao
Deer
Credit Line:Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company, 1916
Other NumberGETZ 74 - Other Number

Description

Mythical Taoist Personages. Painted scroll. Attributed to Fang Chunnian 方椿年 (active 1228-1232 CE). Signed. The scene portrayed is probably a gathering in honor of Xiwangmu, the Royal Mother of the West. In advance fly fairies scattering flowers over the clouds while others carry various Daoist objects. In the center sitting on a white stag is Shoulao, the god of longevity, accompanied by sages and attendants. The brushwork is very stiff. Silk is coarse. Seals mostly illegible. The title reads: 南極呈祥天女散花圖 Formerly in the collection of John Calvin Ferguson (1866 - 1945 CE).


Bibliography:

[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 54View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The Univesity Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: 198 no. 74View Objects cited in this Publication

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