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Object TitleBefore the Waterfall
Object Number:C94
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Maker: Wang E
Period: Ming Dynasty
Date Made: c. 1462 - after 1541 based on style
Late Date: c. 1462 - after 1541 based on style
Musical Instruments
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Height: 166.69 cm
Width: 107.63 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1915
Other Number:GETZ 34 - Other Number


Before the Waterfall by Wang E, 王諤 (c. 1462 - after 1541). Color painting on silk. Wang E was an Imperial artist of the Ming Dynasty and a faithful follower of the great masters of the Tang and Song Dynasties. His paintings were considered by the Emperor to be closely alike to those of Ma Yuan (馬遠). This picture shows two persons sitting under a pine shade with some musical instruments contained in a bag. They are watching the waterfall coming down from the cliff above. On the edge at the right appears the signature, Wang E, followed by the artist's seal, Wang Shih Tingzhi. A large owner's seal is in the lower right corner.


[Article] Cahill, James. 2001. "Five Rediscovered Ming and Qing Paintings in the University of Pennsylvania". Orientations (Hong Kong). Hong Kong. Orientations Magazine Ltd. Vol. 32. no. 2. pg. 62-68 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 62-68View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 3, pg. 43View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1917. The University Museum Section of Oriental Art.. Philadelphia. University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 188, number 34View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] P'ang, Lai Ch'en. 1915. Biographies of Famous Chinese Paintings: From the Private Collections of Mr. L. C. Pang, Chekiang, China, 1915.. Shanghai. Mercantile Print. Co. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 111View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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