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Visit of the Queen Mother of the West
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Visit of the Queen Mother of the West

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The Queen Mother of the West (Hsi Wang Mu) has paid but a single visit to earth, in 110 BC, when Emperor Wu Ti of the Han dynasty received her. She is descending in the form of a peacock, as the emperor and empress await her on a special platform. In the Queen Mother's paradise grows the orchard of the peaches of immortality, which ripen once every 3,000 years. She is said to have brought some of these peaches with her on her visit. The painting can be understood as an expression of one's wish for a long life and immortality. Peach trees are growing at the base of the platform, where cranes, symbols of longevity, can also be seen. Spurious signature and seals of Qiu Ying (1494-1552).
Date Description Narrative
5/12/1995Examinationexamined for condition
6/01/2000Examinationexamined for condition
6/20/2000Examinationexamined for exhibition
Provenance Panama-Pacific International Exposition, China Pavilion, San Francisco, 1915; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1915, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Lower right; [Seal] Lower right; [Number] On sticker: 359
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1915

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17th century (Ming or Qing)
ink and colors on silk mounted on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 65 1/2 x W: 36 3/8 in. (166.3 x 92.4 cm)
  • China (Place of Origin)
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