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Queen Mother of the West

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Mori Kansai, Queen Mother of the West, 1853, ink and color on silk, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the Asian Art Council, public domain, 2008.19.4

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Title

Queen Mother of the West

Artist

Kansai Mori (Japanese, 1814-1894)

Date

1853

Medium

ink and color on silk

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 44 3/8 in x 16 3/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

seal: Kansai no jude

seal: Tachibana Kōshuku

signature: Kichu no Natsu sha su. Kansai Mori Kōshuku, scroll

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

hanging scroll

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Funds provided by the Asian Art Council

Accession Number

2008.19.4

Copyright

public domain

Terms

color

hanging scrolls

ink

paintings

pigment

silk

Description

In Chinese Daoist mythology, the Queen Mother of the West is the Goddess of Immortality. She presides over a paradise where the peaches of immortality ripen once every three thousand years. The cult of the Queen Mother of the West reached its peak during the Han Dynasty (2nd century BCE–2nd century CE), but her legend remained a topic for poets and artists thereafter for many centuries.

This painting, made in Japan in the mid-nineteenth century, has no religious overtones; the subject is largely an excuse to paint the ideal Chinese beauty.

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