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A painted image of a woman in a blue robe standing in front of a basket, a small tree, a small wooden bridge, and a large, round landform. There is Chinese writing to the left.

The painted image shows a woman in a blue robe standing right-of-center and facing the viewer. She has a round form hanging off of her back, long sleeves that cover her hands, and her black hair pulled behind her head. She is holding a thin, brown stick. Behind her feet is a small, brown basket and an angular tree with green leaves on it. The tree reaches diagonally to the right and behind it is a small, brown footbridge that goes off to the right. Behind the woman to the left is a large, rounded form of green land with little to no texture or details. There are three 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)
Woman with Basket by a Bridge
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
26.4 x 32.9 cm (10 3/8 x 12 15/16 in.)


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

  • 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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