File:Woven silk, Western Han

Woven silk

Northern Song dynasty
early 12th century
Attributed to Emperor Huizong (Chinese, 1082–1135, ruled 1100–1125), Inscribed by Emperor Zhangzong of the Jin dynasty (r. 1190–1208), Colophon by Zhang Shen (14th century), Label written by Gao Shiqi (Chinese, 1645–1704), Label written by Luo Wenbin (Chinese)


Overall: 37.7 x 466 cm (14 13/16 x 183 7/16 in.) Image: 37.1 x 145 cm (14 5/8 x 57 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ink, color, and gold on silk


12th century, Emperor Huizong (b. 1082 - d. 1135), Song Dynasty; 1126, upon the defeat of the Northern Song Dynasty by the Jurchens, taken with the art collections to Manchuria; passed to Emperor Zhangzong (b. 1168 - d. 1208), Jin Dynasty. By 1697, Gao Shiqi (b. 1645 - d. 1704), Qing Dynasty. First half of the 19th century, Jin Futing, Shanghai. 1898, with Luo Wenbin (?). May, 1912, sold in Beijing, probably by Wanyan Jingxian (d. by 1928), to Okakura Kakuzo (b. 1862 - d. 1913) for the MFA. (Accession Date: September 5, 1912)

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