dark oval scene of trees with a small house in the LL corner and a boat in the LR corner; mountains in the back ground

Winter Landscape with Boat, 12th century

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Tall trees on the riverbank tower above a cottage nestled below. A layer of snow covers its roof as well as the nearby rocks and distant mountain peaks. A boat on the river to the right is rowed by a single boatman. These elements comprise a quiet yet dramatically rendered scene on a round fan. During the Song dynasty, fans were not only used to cool oneself but signified social status and noble taste. This fan, with its miniature landscape, would have communicated lofty, scholarly ideals on behalf of the user. Chinese landscape paintings, though typically monumental in scale, were regarded as the highest form of Chinese art and were laden with meaning beyond the external world, in this case contrasting the smallness of humanity with the grandness of nature.

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Winter Landscape with Boat
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Artist
Accession Number
2013.58.1
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dark oval scene of trees with a small house in the LL corner and a boat in the LR corner; mountains in the back ground