Scroll 1, section 3: landscape illustration 1 (H. 29.9 cm x W. 53.1 cm) Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1962.11.1
Title
Landscape Illustration and Leaves 2 through 5 from Chapter Thirteen of the Imperial Commentary on the Buddhist Canon (Tripitaka) Commissioned by Emperor Taizong (r. 976-997)
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Yuzhi mizangquan
Classification
Prints
Work Type
handscroll
Date
1108
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Song dynasty, Northern Song period, 960-1127
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/202389
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Woodblock-printed handscroll; ink on paper
Dimensions
overall dimensions (approximate): 30 x 240.5 cm (11 13/16 x 94 11/16 in.)
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
A 10-041a (Suzuki Kei)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Louise H. Daly, Anonymous and Alpheus Hyatt Funds
Accession Year
1962
Object Number
1962.11.1
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
One of three handscrolls comprising four Northern-Song (906-1279) woodblock printed landscapes mounted as illustrations within fourteen leaves of text from Chapter Thirteen of the Imperial Commentary of the Chinese Tripitaka (Yuzhi mizangquan).

The three handscrolls are as follows:
1962.11.1: Leaves 2 (fragmentary), 3, 4, 5, and landscape illustration 1
1962.11.2.A-B: Leaves 6-10, and landscape illustrations 2 and 3
1962.11.3: Leaves 11-15, and landscape illustration 4

At the end of leaf 15 is a cartouche giving the date of printing as Daguan 2nd year (1108), during the reign of Emperor Huizong.
Publication History

Max Loehr, Chinese Landscape Woodcuts from an Imperial Commentary to the Tenth-Century Printed Edition of the Buddhist Canon, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1968), n.p., Plate 1

Suzuki Kei, Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku, Amerika Kanada hen (Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Paintings, Volume 1: American and Canadian Collections), University of Tokyo Press (Tokyo, Japan, 1982), pp. I-58 and I-432, no. A 10-041

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