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A pair of swallows flying over a pool

  • Description

    Liu Xiling (1848-1923) was from the region of present-day Sichuan province. He was active during the Guangxu period (1875-1908) of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). He toured extensively in China and was well known for his series of albums of landscapes and local customs. Liu started to paint with his fingers and palms after the age of 40, probably inspired by Gao Qipei (1660-1734). This painting is from an album of Liu's finger paintings. Swallows are one of his favourite subjects and he liked to depict birds flying towards the viewer, which was not common in Chinese bird painting. The inscription reads 'Swallows are twittering by a pool, willows swaying from the east wind.'

  • Details

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    AsiaChina Zhejiang province (place of creation)
    1848 - 1923
    Qing Dynasty, Guangxu Period (1875 - 1908)
    Liu Xiling (1848 - 1923) (artist)
    style of Gao Qipei (1660 - 1734) (artist)
    Material and technique
    ink and colour on paper, probably finger painted
    mount 40.6 x 55.9 cm (height x width)
    page 36.8 x 40.4 cm (height x width)
    painting 31.4 x 36.5 cm (height x width)
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  • Further reading

    Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000), no. 82 on p. 101, illus. p. 102 fig. 82c


    • Second floor | Room 38 | China from 800

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