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(Chinese, mid-late 1200s)
Hanging scroll; ink on silk
Image: 92 x 56.5 cm (36 1/4 x 22 1/4 in.); Overall with knobs: 196 x 76 cm (77 3/16 x 29 15/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1999.216.1
Tending water buffalos has traditionally been the task of young boys and can still be seen in rural areas of Southern China today.
Herdboys tend their buffalo in a bucolic landscape by a winding stream. Guo Min emphasizes the massive forms and mighty power of the animals, transforming them into forces of nature.
The poem on this scroll reads: "The bulls are engaging in fighting, Cautiously, each seeks to overcome the other. The herdboy calmly stands by. Untying his belt, he silently watches."
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