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Nine Songs

Nine Songs

1361

Zhang Wo

(Chinese, active c.1336-after 1364)

and Chu Huan

(Chinese, act.1361-)

Handscroll, ink on paper

Overall: 28 x 438.2 cm (11 x 172 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1959.138

Description

Painted in the baimiao, or fine-line drawing style, this ancient work demonstrates the literati’s use of abstract calligraphic brushwork for self-expression. The subject of the “Nine Songs”—songs associated with shamanistic rituals in the ancient Chu kingdom—had traditionally provided artists with myths and legends that they could explore and reinterpret in their own works.

See also
Collection: 
ASIAN - Handscroll
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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