Landscape with Birds, Berries, Roses and Rabbits

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Artist: Traditionally attributed to Yi Yuanji (active mid- to late 11th century)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, late 17th-18th century
Ink and color on silk
H x W (image): 41.8 x 288 cm (16 7/16 x 113 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


animal, bird, bird and animal, bird and flower, China, flower, fruit, landscape, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), rose

To 1909
Loon Gu Sai, Beijing, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Loon Gu Sai, Beijing, in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 659, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. According to Ingrid Larsen, "'Don’t Send Ming or Later Pictures': Charles Lang Freer and the First Major Collection of Chinese Painting in an American Museum," Ars Orientalis vol. 40 (2011), Loon Gu Sai was possibly Lunguzhai, a store in the antiques district of Liulichang.
This object exhibits seals, colophons, or inscriptions that could provide additional information regarding the object’s history; see Curatorial Remarks in the object record for further details.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Loon Gu Sai (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Along a small mountain stream, a bird perches on a thorn branch with red leaves. A tree sparrow flies towards a pair that are fighting in mid-air, two babblers pause on a tree branch that hangs over the stream and a pair of spotted-neck doves perch together on another tree. A vine with red berries decorates the trees.

This early Ch'ing painting bears a false signature of the Northern Sung painter, I Yuan-chi, at the end of the scroll.

Published References
  • Scientific Studies of Pigments in Chinese Paintings. Washington, DC. p. 32, fig. 2.12.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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