Two Mounted Hunters

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century
ink and color on silk
H x W: 117.8 x 58 cm (46 3/8 x 22 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

bridge, China, hunting, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), river, water

To 1915
Lee Kee Son, San Francisco, to 1915 [1]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lee Kee Son in 1915 [2]

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


[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 983, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[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)

Lee Kee Son (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Two riders on a spring outing bring along their hawk and bows as they leisurely set out for the hunt. Their headdresses and black boots are typical of those worn by aristocrats of the Tang dynasty (618–907). The leaves, branches, and trunks of trees are all depicted with carefully outlined brushwork, while the rocks and mountains, colored with mineral green, are rendered in the Tang tradition of blue-and-green landscape painting. Dating to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), this is a later copy or variation on the hunting theme that first became popular during the Tang dynasty.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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