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A rectangular scroll depicting a tall rock form with a man looking up at it. The scroll has much writing in Chinese at the top.

A rectangular off-white scroll depicting a tall rock form to the left with a man looking up at it from the right. The rock is irregularly shaped and has dark, jagged lines that show texture throughout it. The man is wearing a blue robe and has his hands raised together toward the rock. He has a black hat and holds a white rectangular object in his hands. There are small mountains in the background. The scroll has much calligraphy writing in Chinese at the top. There are three red, square Chinese symbols among the writing.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Hŏ Ryŏn (also known as So-ch'i and Ma-hil), Korean (1809 - 1893)
The Chinese Scholar Mi Fu (1051-1107) Paying Homage to a Fantastic Rock
Paintings with Calligraphy
Work Type
painting with calligraphy, hanging scroll
autumn 1885
Creation Place: East Asia, Korea
Chosŏn dynasty, 1392-1910
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Physical Descriptions

Hanging scroll; ink and colors on paper; with signature reading "So-ch'i sŏ"; with four seals of the artist
painting proper: H. 91 x W. 49 cm (35 13/16 x 19 5/16 in.)
mounting, including cord and roller ends: H. 167 x W. 71.8 cm (65 3/4 x 28 1/4 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[Kang Collection, New York (2003)] sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2003.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Acquired with a fund established by Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane for the purchase of Asian art
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 ('04), Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 01/31/2004 - 08/01/2004
  • Forging the New: East Asian Painting in the Twentieth Century, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/03/2005 - 10/16/2005

Verification Level

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