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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Gai Qi 改琦, Chinese (1774 - 1829)
Farewell to Spring Briar Roses
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 酴醾春去圖
Work Type
hanging scroll, painting
early 19th century
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Qing dynasty, 1644-1911
Persistent Link
Level 2, Room 2600, East Asian Art, East Asian Painting and Decorative Arts
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Physical Descriptions
Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk
painting proper: H. 87.6 x W. 28.5 cm (34 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.)
overall mounting, with roller ends and cord: H. 273.7 x W. 58.4 cm (107 3/4 x 23 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: With signature and seals of the artist
  • inscription: right edge of painting proper:


    六如居士酴醾春去圖  泖東七薌改琦摹

    Casually, she coils her hair atop her head and dons simple robes.
    Even as the briar roses bloom, the spring flowers are already withering.
    She, a beauty, is most nostalgic about the spring.
    She breaks off a flowering branch to take a closer look.

    [This is a] copy of Layman Liuru [Ming painter Tang Yin]’s Farewell to Spring Briar Roses by Gai Qi.

    [Translated by Yuhua Ding]
  • seal: of artist; after insciption; intaglio, rectangular: 香白 [Xiangbai]
  • seal: of artist; after insciption; intaglio, square: 改琦 [Gai Qi]
  • seal: of artist; lower left; relief, square: 玉壺外史 [Yuhu waishi]
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Edward B. Bruce Collection of Chinese Paintings; Gift of Galen L. Stone
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Exhibition History

Chinese Painting and Decorative Arts from the Permanent Collection, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/17/1991 - 01/26/1992

Later Chinese and Japanese Figure Painting in Decorative Arts, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/22/1992 - 06/07/1992

Paragons of Wisdom and Virtue: East Asian Figure Painting, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/15/1997 - 09/21/1997

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 - 06/30/2022

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