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Illustrations to six texts from the Xiaoya section of the Book of Songs

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Liang Qingbiao (b. 1620 - d. 1691). 1770, Emperor Qianlong (b. 1711 - d. 1799), Qing Dynasty; his son, Emperor Jiaqing (b. 1760 - d. 1820), Qing Dynasty; to Emperor Xuantong, Pu Yi (b. 1906 - d. 1967); taken by Pu Yi to Changchun, Manchukuo and after 1945, dispersed in China [see note 1]. Private collection, Japan. 1951, C. C. Wang (b. 1907 - d. 2003), New York; sold by Wang to the MFA for $12,000. (Accession Date: May 10, 1951) NOTES: [1] This is one in a group of scrolls, known as the Mao Shih scrolls, which are now in collections throughout the world. On their provenance, see Xu Bangda, "The Mao Shih Scrolls: Authenticity and Other Issues," in Words and Images: Chinese Poetry, Calligraphy, and Painting, ed. Alfreda Murck and Wen C. Fong (New York, 1991), 267-268.

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Marshall H. Gould Fund

Chinese, Southern Song dynasty, datable to the 1160s


27 x 383.8 cm (10 5/8 x 151 1/8 in.)

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Ink and color on silk