Lakeside Pavilion in the Snow

Artist: Shi Rui 石銳 (ca. 1426-1470) Formerly attributed to Zhu Rui (active 1119-1135)
Calligrapher: Facing calligraphy by Hu Rong (jinshi 1454)
Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, mid-15th century
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk
H x W (image): 23.2 x 23.7 cm (9 1/8 x 9 5/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of the Department of Cultural Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting

Fan (mounted as album leaf)

boat, China, landscape, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), river, snow, temple, water
Provenance research underway.

Two small boats float side by side near an elegant riverside pavilion, which is supported above the water on thick pilings. Several figures can be seen through the open windows. Beneath sharp, towering mountains on the opposite shore, the upper stories of a temple emerge above the trees. At right, the painting bears a spurious signature of the Song dynasty artist, Zhu Rui, who served in the imperial academy; however, it also bears a seal of the Ming dynasty court painter, Shi Rui (ca. 1426-1470), who is a much more likely candidate as the artist of this fan. 

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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