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Chung K'uei and a Procession of Demons
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Chung K'uei and a Procession of Demons

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Description The first paintings of Chung K'uei were executed in the 8th century, when the emperor called upon his court painter to depict a dream he had about a demon who had appeared when needed and tortured a demon-thief to death. Here Chung K'uei the demon-queller appears at the left end of the scroll riding a mule. Preceding him are lesser demons in his service. There are many versions of this subject; the best known, in the Cleveland Museum of Art, dates from the 13th or 14th century, when the demons overcome by Chung K'uei were associated with the Mongol rulers of the Yüan dynasty. Spurious signature of Wu Pin (active 1591-1626).
Date Description Narrative
7/22/1991Treatmentcleaned; repaired
6/07/1994Examinationexamined for condition
12/09/1999Examinationexamined for condition
7/17/2002Examinationexamined for exhibition
Provenance Panama-Pacific International Exposition, China Pavilion, San Francisco, 1915 [no. 299]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1915, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1915

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16th-17th century (Ming)
ink on silk mounted on cloth
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 11 3/8 x L: 115 3/8 in. (28.9 x 293 cm)
  • China (Place of Origin)
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