Silk Weaving, after Lou Shou

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Artist: Attributed to Cheng Qi (傳)程棨 (active mid- to late 13th century) Formerly attributed to Liu Songnian (傳)劉松年 (ca. 1150-after 1225)
Historical period(s)
Yuan dynasty, mid- to late 13th century
Ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 32 x 1232.5 cm (12 5/8 x 485 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
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China, silk farming, weaving, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance research underway.

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Published References
  • Thomas Lawton. "画中人 上海书画出版社." Chinese Figure Painting. Shanghai, China. .
  • Chinese Silks. .
  • Roslyn Lee Hammers. Pictures of Tilling and Weaving. Throughout book.
  • Marilyn Fu. Hsien-yu Shu's Calligraphy and His "Admonitions" Scroll of 1299. 3 vols. Ann Arbor. pl. 47d.
  • Thomas Lawton. Chinese Figure Painting. Exh. cat. Washington, 1973. cat. 8, pp. 54-57.
  • Chiang Wen-kuang. A Discussion of the Ch'ing Dynasty Stone-Engraved Versian of Lou Shu's "Rice Culture" and "Sericulture" Scrolls. no. 3, 1979. pp. 61-63, pl. 6.
  • Mémoires Concernant l'Asie Orientale, Inde, Asie Centrale, Extréme-Orient. 3 vols., Paris. pp. 65-122, pls. 32-55.
  • Maggie C. K. Wan. Image and Efficacy: The Frontispieces to the Wanli Emperor's Yushu Jing. vol. LXXV, No. 1 Zürich, Switzerland. F1954.20 sec 12, p. 72, fig. 14.
  • Ellen Mae Johnston Laing. Ch'ing Dynasty Pictorial Jades and Painting. vol. 16 Washington and Ann Arbor. p. 73.
  • Liu Hsing-chen. Concerning the Whereabouts of Ch'eng Ch'i's Copy of the Paintings of Rice Culture and Sericulture. no. p. pp. 92-93.
  • Shinobu Yoshimoto. The Warp and Weft of Weaving: Handlooms and textiles of the world. Japan. pp. 116 and 193.
  • Suzuki Kei. Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku [Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Painting]. 5 vols., Tokyo, 1982-1983. pp. 228-229.
  • Dieter Kuhn. An Epic of Technical Supremacy: Works and Words of Medieval Chinese Textile. Riggisberg, Switzerland, May 2022. p. 299, fig. 69.
  • Chao Chang. Shih-ch'u pao-chi ch'u-pien. pp. 974-977.
  • Chang Wen-chi. Shih-ch'u pao-chi ch'u-pien. Hong Kong. pp. 3881-3887.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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