Yü Ta of Shih-hsi - Wild Geese, 1459 (or 1519)

Yü Ta of Shih-hsi (active 1459 or 1519)

Wild Geese, 1459 (or 1519)

Watercolor on silk; mounted on a Japanese hanging scroll, 127 x 58 cm (50 x 22 13/16 in.)


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Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection before 24 May 1904.


Inscribed (left edge, in Chinese characters): Painted at the Monastery of Huang-hua [Yellow Flowers], during the small spring [November] of 'chi-mao' [the sixteenth year in Chinese 60-year cyclical calendar; refers to either 1459 or 1519] [by] Yü Ta of Shih-hsiSeal (left edge, below the inscription): Yü TaSeal (left edge, below the above): Kuan-shui (one who meditates on water)


Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 260. (as by Yutatsu of Chikei, middle Ming Dynasty, 1459 or 1519; "in the opinion of Okakura-Kakuzo the earlier date is...correct")
Yasuko Horioka et al. Oriental and Islamic Art: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1975), pp. 27-28, no. 8. (as Chinese, Yü Ta of Shih-hsi, 1459 or 1519)

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