Studio study of an original painting from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) by Yan Hui, now housed under the MOA musueum in Shizuoka prefecture.
The painting is mounted in the san-dan style mounting or separating the mounting into three sections. The central part known as the chumawashi is using an interesting pattern found in old Chinese brocades with repeating pattern of board to protect one from flying arrows. The ten and chi are using antique brocades of chrysanthemum and butterfly donsu (non-gold) brocade.
Scroll painting is signed and sealed both using the names of Sumiyoshi Hirotsura.
The scroll painting comes with an old wooden box (box is still in good condition, the edge of the lid on various sections has some chipped to scrapped areas).
Panting condition, is very good for its age, slight wrinkling and wear on the main silk base, no significant damges on the mounting, the backing has darkened over time.
The painting is a scene from a Chinese story where the sage, Lu Dongbin is being initiated by Zhongli Quan of the Quan Zhen teachings. The original painting by Yan Hui was displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of New York during the exhibition named, The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese art in the Yuan Dynasty.
Sumiyoshi Hirotsura was born into the line of Sumiyoshi school artists in the 19th century and specialized in the classical styles used by the Tosa school. Hirotsura's noted works is the 36 sage wall panel that is displayed behind the coronation pavillion of the emperor and empress of Japan at the Kyoto imperial palace. Other works also survive within the grounds of the palace as well.
Dimensions: 180 cm x 54 cm or 70.86in x 21.26 in(with the ends, 59cm 23.29in) Painting size: 120cm x 40.8 cm or 47.24in x 16.06in