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The Qingming [Ch'ing-ming] Festival
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The Qingming [Ch'ing-ming] Festival


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This is a copy of--or a variation upon--one of the most famous of all Chinese handscrolls, a depiction of life along the Yellow River in the Song-dynasty capital of Kaifeng, painted in 1120. During the time of the Qingming festival, which occurs in late March or early April, people visit their family graves. The painter Qiu Ying (1494-1552) made a copy of the original scroll, and a number of later versions bear his name. Spurious signature of Qiu Ying.
Provenance Laurance and Isabel Roberts, New York, 1939, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1991, by gift.
Inscriptions [Inscription] 清明上河圖 丙戌春三月榢翁題; [Signature] Spurious signature at end: Wu meng Qiu Ying zhi [Wu meng Ch'iu Ying chih] (Qiu Ying [Ch'iu Ying], 1494/1495-1552); [Seal] Spurious seal at end: Qiu Ying_yin [Ch'iu Ying_yin]; [Inscription] Frontispiece, in clerical script, by Chia Ong (unidentified), dated 3rd month, bingxu [ping hsu] (1945 (?)); [Inscription] Colophon, author unidentified.
Credit Gift of Laurance and Isabel Roberts, 1991

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Period
18th century (Qing)
Medium
ink and colors on silk and gold-splashed paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
35.175
Measurements
H: 255 1/16 x W: 12 15/16 in. (647.8 x 32.8 cm); Paper H: 11 1/2 x L: 47 3/8 in. (29.2 x 120.3 cm); Text H: 12 1/16 x L: 19 3/8 in. (30.6 x 49.2 cm)
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  • China (Place of Origin)
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