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The ink painted image is of an old man sitting on a bench and holding a small grey object close to his face. Behind him is an angular rock and tree. Standing next to him is a young man holding a wrapped package. Behind the young man is an arched opening with greenery.

The painted ink image shows two men at the center with an angular rock behind them to the right, a tree right-of-center, and an arched opening left-of-center. The grey rock has holes in it. The tree has black leaves. The arched opening is white all around and has a small fence and greenery through it. The man on the right is old and sitting facing left on a white bench and holding a small, flat grey object up to his face. He is wearing a loose, white robe and a small grey hat. He has a black mustache and beard. The man in the center is standing and facing the old man. He is holding a stack of flat, grey objects wrapped in white cloth in front of his chest. He is wearing a long, light blue shirt and white pants. His hair is black and long enough to cover his forehead. There are two vertical rows of Chinese writing in black ink to the left with a small, red symbol at the bottom.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Qian Hui'an 錢慧安, Chinese (1833 - 1911)
Su Shi (Su Dongpo) Admiring Ink Stones
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 坡僲品研圖
Work Type
album leaf, painting
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
  • inscription: 坡僲品研圖
  • seal: rectangular, intaglio: 阿六


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

  • Chinese and Japanese Painting of the Early Modern Era, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/27/1993 - 07/04/1993
  • East Asia in the Nineteenth Century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 03/05/1994 - 08/21/1994
  • 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

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