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Parting at the Gate of the Capital

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 (1369–1644), 15th century


Yao Shou (Chinese, 1423-1495)

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This handscroll captures a goodbye. Along the riverbank, a boatman poised with paddle in hand stands tall in anticipation of launching. Nearby, scholars wearing black hats linger over their departure. Within the thatched pavilion, two servants diligently pack up the remains of a farewell party. In ancient China, a handscroll would be viewed by unrolling it in segments, one arm’s length at a time, from right to left. This handscroll would thus gradually reveal the travelers and the distant landscape, creating the effect of sending them off.


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Arts of Asia


Yao Shou


Parting at the Gate of the Capital


China (Artist's nationality:)

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Handscroll; ink and color on paper


Yinshou frontispiece by Wang Jin (15th century) Colophon by Ma Xian (1484 jinshi) Recorded in Lu Xinyuan, Rangliguan Guoyanlu (1892), vol. 13, p.13. Inscription: (tentative translation) Those who part at the capital gate are scholars, There is red pavilion wine, [they] contend for baixue song[name of old song] Evening mountains are boundless, spring trees are drooping, Thinking about friendship and joy we had, hope to meet again at Wucheng. (E.Park 1989)

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Gift of Alice Boney

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