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Title

Ducks and reeds

Artist

Unknown

China

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Yuan dynasty 1279 - 1368 → China
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink and colours on silk
    Dimensions
    91.5 x 68.0 cm
    Credit
    Purchased with assistance from the David Jones Fund 2010
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    516.2010
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

    56

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  • About

    The scroll depicts a pair of ducks on a bank, next to a cluster of reeds. The painting is realistic, revealing the most painstaking observation. The technique consists of careful, fine-line drawings of outlines followed by shading and colour. The setting is one of a secluded sanctuary, evoking a feeling of the inviolability of wild life in its natural habitat.

    On the basis of its style, brushwork and colouring, the painting is dated by Japanese scholars to the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). It reflects the style of precise, accurate realism and colourful presentation that became the standard of the Song dynasty (960-1279) and of the Academy School of the time for over a century. The colourful and sensuous manner was created by two renowned painters, Huang Quan (903-968) and Xu Xi (died before 975), during the tenth century, but evolved among their followers and remained popular through later periods.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2010.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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