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Clouds over the River before Rain 溪雲欲雨圖

A work made of handscroll; ink and color on paper.
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  • A work made of handscroll; ink and color on paper.


Ming dynasty (1368–1644), dated 1504


Shen Zhou 沈周 (Chinese, 1427-1509)

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Shen Zhou


Clouds over the River before Rain 溪雲欲雨圖


China (Artist's nationality:)

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Handscroll; ink and color on paper


Frontispiece (引首) by Luo Zhenyu 羅振玉: 石田老人溪雲欲雨圖卷 石渠寶笈三編著錄己未春羅振玉謹署題 Seals: 上虞羅氏,振玉印信 Inscription on Painting: 溪雲欲雨圖 弘治甲子仲夏四日長洲沈周画 [Clouds over the river before rain; on the fourth day of the fifth month in the year jiazi of the Hongzhi reign (1504), painted by Shen Zhou]. Artist's Seal:启南, Collectors' Seal: 嘉慶御覽之寶,石渠寶笈,寶笈三編,吳沈氏有竹莊圖書,嘉慶鑑賞,三希堂精鑑璽,宜子孫. Colophons by Nagao Uzan 長尾 雨山 (1864–1942) and Naitō Konan 内藤 湖南(1866–1934) [see CMA Mi Youren handscroll, 33.220]


34.8 × 810.3 cm (13 3/4 × 319 in.)

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Kate S. Buckingham Endowment Fund

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