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China, unknown artist; spurious signature of Shen Zhou, Bamboo, 17th century, 12 hanging scrolls; ink on paper, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John C. McGuire, public domain, 80.133A-L

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Title

Bamboo

Artist

Shen Zhou (Chinese, 1427-1509)

China, unknown artist (Chinese)

Related People

spurious signature: Shen Zhou (Chinese, 1427-1509)

Date

17th century

Period

China: Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

China: Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

Medium

12 hanging scrolls; ink on paper

Dimensions (H x W x D)

each scroll (painting): 72 1/8 in x 19 7/8 in; each scroll (mounting): 86 in x 20 1/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: , 12th scroll

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

hanging scroll

Culture

Chinese

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John C. McGuire

Accession Number

80.133A-L

Copyright

public domain

Terms

bamboo

hanging scrolls

ink

Ming

paintings

paper

Description

This bravura composition of bamboo, stretching across twelve hanging scrolls, bears an inscription purportedly by Shen Zhou (1427–1509), one of the great literati artists of the Ming dynasty. However, both the large scale of this work and its rough energy are atypical for Shen’s oeuvre, and most scholars agree that it is a later painting, probably dating to the seventeenth century.

These scrolls have recently returned to the Museum after being conserved in Japan.

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