Legend of the Cowherder and the Weaving MaidenArtist(s)Gai QiObject Creation Date1774-1829Medium & Supporthanging scroll, ink and color on silkDimensions
46 1/2 x 12 3/8 in. (118.1 x 31.4 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection FundLabel copy
The legend on which this painting is based tells of a beautiful celestial maiden who was a deft weaver. Later, she fell in love with a cowherd. Their love was so intense that they ignored their daily dutes. God disapproved of such behavior and punished them by putting them on opposite sides of the Milky Way. The isolated couple was permitted to meet only once a year on the night of the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object Typehanging scrollAdditional Object Classification(s)PaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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