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Watercolour - Monkey Picking Herbs

Monkey Picking Herbs

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1785

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Part of a series of illustrations showing the stages of the cultivation and preparation of tea. This romantic and fantastical landscape, where two men and a woman are sending a group of trained monkeys up a steep arched rock to gather herbs for flavouring the tea. The composition, subject matter, palette and handling all owe little to Chinese conceptions of 'fine art'. One has only to look at the cloud formations which fill the sky, unknown in Chinese painting or decoration of ceramics, to see how far the workshop has discarded the native traditions of pictorial representation.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1785

Materials and Techniques

watercolour on paper


Height: 33 cm, Width: 33 cm

Subjects depicted

Women; Tea; Figures; Landscape; Monkey (animal); Men


East Asia Collection

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