Illustrations to Six Texts from the Xiaoya Section of the Book of Songs

Full Title: 
小雅南有嘉魚篇書畫卷; Illustrations to Six Texts from the Xiaoya Section of the Book of Songs
Culture: 
Materials: 
Ink and colors on silk
Dimensions: 
27 cm (height) x 383.8 cm (width)
Notes: 
The six illustrations follow the sequence of the second group of poems in the Xiaoya section of the Book of Songs (This group originally contained thirteen poems. There were lost.) The Book of Songs is an anthology of 305 songs said to have been compiled and edited by Confucius from more than 3,000 lyrics originating in various kingdoms. Although unsigned, based on their painting style and exceptional quality, the illustrations that accompany the texts of the Boston scroll can confidently be attributed to the court artist Ma Hezhi.
Inscriptions: 
Two colophons: one written in 1547 by Wen Zhengming and the other by Emperor Qianlong dated in 1770.
Repository Accession Number: 
51.698
Rights: 
Marshall H. Gould Fund
Description Source: 
Wu Tung. Tales from the Land of Dragons 1,000 Years of Chinese Painting. Massachusetts: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1997.
Scrolls Project ID: 
728 342