Hanging scroll from a set of eight; ink and color on silk
Painting: 143.7 x 72.5 cm (56 9/16 x 28 9/16 in.); Mounted: 250.8 x 90.1 cm (98 3/4 x 35 1/2 in.)
Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.590
This painting incited robust scholarly debate in both Japan and the United States about its date.
This painting and CMA 2015.589 belong to a group that was likely mounted as a pair of four-panel folding screens focusing on the Eight Views of Xiao-Xiang, a theme centered on an area in southern China. The one to the left represents the motif “Returning Sails Off a Distant Shore;” to the right is “Sunset Glow Over a Fishing Village.” Both emulate the style of Chinese painter Li Tang (about 1050–after 1130). Some scholars believe the paintings are the work of Sesshū Tōyō (1420–1506), the only Japanese painter of his day to have traveled to China.
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