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Painting - Travellers Among Mountains

Travellers Among Mountains

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1450-1535 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Zhou Chen (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Unlike the works in his typical style, this painting by Zhou Chen (c.1450 - 1535) employs bolder and looser brushwork, suggesting that it was made by this Suzhou artist in his late years. The sketchy strokes depict a man on horseback accompanied by his assistants, travelling on a precipitous mountain path. The artist's signature and seal can be seen (and almost hidden) on the far right. Originally painted on the gold-sprinkled paper of a folding-fan (a new format for painting at the time), the work later was mounted as an album leaf. The twin seals on the lower left corner indicate that the painting was once collected by a certain 'Shiduan,' a liberary name of a person.

Physical description

This painting, originally in the format of a folding-fan, is mounted as an album leaf. It is made in pure ink on gold-sprinkled paper. It depicts a group of people travelling in deep mountains and its style is characteristic of use of bold, simple and strong strokes.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1450-1535 (made)


Zhou Chen (made)

Marks and inscriptions

畫家款: 東村周臣
畫家印: (待識)
藏家印: 士 (朱方), 端 (朱方)


Height: 33.5 cm leaf, Length: 61 cm leaf, Height: 41 cm including the mount, Length: 66 cm including the mount

Descriptive line

Pap, China, paintings and drawings. Zhou Chen (active ca. 1450-1535), Travelers among Mountains, fan, ink on paper.


Ink; Paper

Subjects depicted

Clouds; 山徑; 樹木; Trees; Human; Horse; 侍從; Path; 藤蔓; 旅行; 僕役; Mountains; 騎馬


East Asia Collection

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