(Chinese, active c. 1201–1207)
Album leaf, ink and color on silk
Painting: 24.4 x 27.3 cm (9 5/8 x 10 3/4 in.); with mat: 33.3 x 40.5 cm (13 1/8 x 15 15/16 in.)
Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1930.314
The rider at the left has a typical Qidan hairstyle: head shaved on top with thin braids below.
Equestrian pursuits and hunting were particularly popular among the Khitan (also spelled “Qidan”) and Jurchen, ethnic groups who lived along China’s northeastern border. Their nomadic lifestyle intrigued the Chinese court and inspired Chinese artists to develop a painting genre of foreign people hunting.
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