Painting Boat ride

Sg0030 Album Slik 07
Painting Boat ride


Sg0030 Album Slik 07
CC BY-SA 4.0

The sixth picture from an album of Chinese paintings of the everyday lives of court ladies, showing a Chinese garden with two ladies in a boat, watched by a third through a round window. Water and architectural structures are common elements in Chinese gardens, as are stones. In the foreground of the painting rises a large sinuous rock symbolising a mountain peak. These were revered as islands of the immortals in the East China Sea as early as the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220). (NVS)

Place of manufacture: Canton (Guangdong 廣東 )
Material description: paper from Tetrapanex papyrifera (tongcao 通草) tree, silk
Manufacturing technique: gouache, watercolour
Dimensions: height: 26 cm, length: 37 cm
Inscription: 堂雅何須大. Tang ya he xu da. (A hall does not need size for its elegance.)
No. of parts: the sixth of twelve paintings
Current owner: Slovene Ethnographic Museum
Date of the last acquisition: 1963
Last acquisition method: donation
Previous owners and periods of ownership: Ivan Skušek, Jr. and Tsuneko Kondō Kawase - Marija Skušek, National Museum of Slovenia, Slovene Ethnographic Museum
Object condition, handling and damage: The edges of the page are slightly torn.
History of exhibition: Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Ljubljana, 31. 8. 2006–3. 9. 2007 (exhibition Srečevanja s Kitajsko: 200 let slovenskih odkrivanj kitajske kulture [Encounters with China: 200 years of Slovenian discovery of Chinese culture])

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