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Object Title:
A Pair of Doves (竹石鵓鴿圖)
Object Number:
C119
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Maker:
Yi Yuanji
易元吉
Period:
Song Dynasty
Date Made:
c. 1060s
Early Date:
1060
Late Date:
1069
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Ink
Pigment
Silk
Technique:
Painted
Iconography:
Birds
Rocks
Bamboo
Fruit
Tree
Description:
"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.
Height:
158.5cm
Width:
101.5cm
Credit Line:
Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company
Other Number:
GETZ 53   -   Other Number
CG94-1-114   -   Found in Collection Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

New Directions in Yuan Painting (02 Dec 2006 - 04 Dec 2006)
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Bibliography:

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