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Object TitleThe Spirit-Dragon's Sword Appraisal
Object Number:C115
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Qing Dynasty
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1891
Iconography:The Spirit-Dragon's Sword Appraisal
Length: 48 cm
Width: 48 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company, 1916
Other Number:GETZ 57 - Other Number


The subject of the painting is unknown. A central figure sits on a rock underneath a pine tree, apparently appraising the sword that lies in his lap. A second figure approaches carrying another sword in its cloth wrapping. A third figure kneels in front of the first with his hands clasped in respectful greeting. A dragon on the third figure's back is evdently key to identifying the story, which has yet to be identified. Two further figures stand by, holding pikes. The title and colophon are dated 1891, and are ostensibly by the collector Xu Qi 徐琪 (1849-1918 CE). They attribute the painting, entirely implausibly, to the 10th century monk-painter Ling Zong 令宗 under the title "The Spirit-Dragon's Sword Appraisal" 神龍說劍圖. The painting is likely to be of 18th or 19th century date.


[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 21View 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.. New York. Goerck Art Press. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 7View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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