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武陵桃源 Buryô tôgen (Wuling’s Peach Blossom Spring)
  • Watanabe Gentai
    1749–1822
    active: Japan
  • 武陵桃源 Buryô tôgen (Wuling’s Peach Blossom Spring), late 1700s–early 1800s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • inorganic pigment on silk
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 155.2 x 79.4 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 61 1/8 x 31 1/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 228.6 x 97.8 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 90 x 38 1/2 in
    Roller Dimensions: 104 cm
    Roller Dimensions: 40 15/16 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Fund
  • Not on display
  • 1998.0707
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Depiction of Peach Blossom Spring narrative in mineral colors on silk. Lower third shows protagonist standing in boat and about to enter the passageway through the cliff. Middle third has genre scenes of the village such as people fishing, performing household chores, foot pedaling to pump water into fields, plowing fields with ox. Upper third has large central moutain with waterfall and other smaller peaks in background. Blue and green landscape with narrative scenes from folktale. Parts of the painting are mechanically described, for instance the grass and some trees. The mineral pigment is blotchy in areas as though the mineral was insufficiently ground. The lines for describing the water are weak and unconvincing. The scaling of figures, animals and flora is not realistic, and some figures are quite stiff. The silk ground has a golden, shimmering appearance.