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A painted image of a woman in a green and white robe, standing in front of an angular rock and tree. There are small pink flowers in the tree branches and a white green parrot perched on a branch. There is Chinese writing to the left.

The painted image shows a woman standing left-of-center and facing the viewer. She is wearing a robe that is green at the top and white at the bottom. Her hair is up in a bun. She is standing in front of an angular, arched grey form that is low to the ground and a thin tree with a branch pointing to the right and curves down. The branch has small, pink and green dots on it and a green parrot perched on the downturned branch. There are long, green blades of grass behind on the right of the woman and pale blue water behind on the left. In front of her is a long pink pole that attaches to a white pole. There are two vertical rows of Chinese writing in black ink to the left and a red symbol at the bottom.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Qian Hui'an 錢慧安, Chinese (1833 - 1911)
Woman and Parrot by a Garden Fence
Work Type
painting, album leaf
late 19th century
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Qing dynasty, 1644-1911
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Physical Descriptions

One leaf from an album of nine leaves; ink and light colors on paper
H. 26.4 x W. 32.9 cm (10 3/8 x 12 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Qian Huian


Recorded Ownership History
Dr. Arnold Knapp, New York (by 1951-1956), bequest; to the Fogg Museum, 1956.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Dr. Arnold Knapp
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Exhibition History

  • Rocks, Mountains, Landscapes, and Gardens: The Essence of East Asian Painting (1997), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/15/1997 - 09/21/1997
  • Rocks, Mountains, Landscapes and Gardens: The Essence of East Asian Painting ('04), Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 01/31/2004 - 08/01/2004
  • 32Q: 2600 East Asian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/09/2016 - 12/01/2016; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/29/2021 - 07/17/2022

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