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Scholars Playing Go by a Waterfall

Accession Number
1955/1.265

Title
Scholars Playing Go by a Waterfall

Artist(s)
Maruyama Ôkyo

Object Creation Date
1778

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink and light color on paper

Dimensions
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 Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Province M. Henry

Label 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 Type
hanging scroll

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Japan
Landscapes
cliffs
figures in landscape
gamepiece
hanging scroll
males
mountains
trees
water
waterfalls

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