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The Three Gorges Dam Migration, deluxe edition of 20 in hand-carved wooden case
  • Yun-Fei Ji
    born 1963
    born: Beijing, China ; active: United States
  • The Three Gorges Dam Migration, deluxe edition of 20 in hand-carved wooden case, 2009
  • Where object was made: United States
  • woodblock print, hand-printed with traditional Chinese watercolor inks from 500 hand-carved blocks of pear wood, on mulberry paper mounted on silk
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 351 x 3078 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 13/16 x 121 1/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 400 x 3836 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 151 in
    Mount Dimensions: nearly 32 feet long
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0009.01
Label Text

Hand-carved box made of fragrant wood, inscribed with artist name, painting title, and two seals.

Scroll opens with four character colophon. Image begins with grove of trees, progresses from right to left, landscape with figures of displaced persons with belongings in bundles, baskets, and carts. Occasionally interspersed are a few bizarre creatures, such as fish-headed man and warthog-like creature walking on hind legs. Image uses gestural outline with loose color fill, colors are muted and mainly blues, browns, and reds. Image ends with five policemen in a boat in the river. Scroll ends with lengthy colophon.