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Object TitleA Pair of Doves (竹石鵓鴿圖)
Object Number: C119
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Maker: Yi Yuanji
Period: Song Dynasty
Date Made: c. 1060s
Early Date: 1060
Late Date: 1069
Height: 158.5cm
Width: 101.5cm
Credit Line:Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company, 1916
Other NumberGETZ 53 - Other Number
CG94-1-114 - Found in Collection Number


"A Pair of Doves" formerly "Birds and Bamboo", attributed to Yi Yuanji (active 1060s). The painting depicts two spotted doves (Streptopelia chinensis ) amid sprays of soft bamboo with a pile of rocks from which grows a small stunted tree. The time of year is most likely autumn or early winter. The signature of Yi Yuanji, 易元吉, is found on the face of the rock- "Yi Yuanji of Changsha (長沙易元吉)." The painting also has two seals which cannot be deciphered and one of the Su Family, famous collectors in the Song Dynasty, and reads Su Zhai (su library). The birds are possibly a later addition. Formerly in the collection of John Calvin Ferguson (1866 - 1945 CE).

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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


[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 95, Fig. 34View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Whitfield, Roderick. 2001. "A Pair of Doves: A Northern Song Painting Rediscovered". Orientations. 32 (2): 58-61. : Page/Fig./Plate: 58-59View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] 2001. What in the World?: Found! A Pair of Doves--and More... Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 43 (1): 48.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 23-24View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The Univesity Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: #53, p. 197View 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. 12View Objects cited in this Publication

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