Scholars Playing Go by a WaterfallArtist(s)Maruyama ÔkyoObject Creation Date1778Medium & Supporthanging scroll, ink and light color on paperDimensions
64 15/16 in x 34 3/4 in (164.94 cm x 88.27 cm);3 1/8 in x 43 7/8 in x 3 5/16 in (7.94 cm x 111.44 cm x 8.41 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Province M. HenryLabel copy
Maruyama Okyo was one of the most famous and commercially successful painters of the eighteenth-century. He pioneered a new naturalism that was perfectly in accord with the no-nonsense taste of an inceasingly secular society and his merchant patrons. This large scroll, attributed to Ôkyo but more likely by a follower, depicts two immortals playing go (Chinese chess) within a mountain setting, attended by a boy-servant. While the white deer grazing nearby suggests a wilderness atmoshpere, the floating mists denote the mystery of the immortal land.Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object Typehanging scrollCollection AreaAsianRights
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