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painting / handscroll

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1881,1210,0.100

  • Description

    Short handscroll. Gods of Wealth, Prosperity and Long Life. Ink and colours on silk.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1800-1880
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 33.8 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 39.8 centimetres (scroll)
    • Length: 75.2 centimetres (scroll)
    • Length: 96 centimetres (scroll)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        題款:大富貴亦壽考之圖。時維己酉閏夏上浣寫於滬城長生長樂之齋。奉文台老伯大人命畫。汾陽伯氏補仙。
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        鈐印:郭曾惠印(Guo Cenghui yin)
      • Inscription Comment

        1 seal carved in intaglio (白文).
  • Curator's comments

    'Painted by (Jap. Ho-sen). Signed (Jap. haku-shi Ho-sen). Two seals.' (unattributed annotations in the specially interleaved Japanese Study Room copy of Anderson 1886)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1881

  • Acquisition notes

    The collection of over 2,000 Japanese and Chinese paintings assembled by Prof. William Anderson during his residency in Japan, 1873-1880, was acquired by the Museum in 1881. The items were not listed in the register, but rather were published separately as the 'Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of a Collection of Japanese and Chinese Paintings in the British Museum' (Longmans & Co, 1886).

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1881,1210,0.100

  • Additional IDs

    • Ch.Ptg.333 (Chinese Painting Number)

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