One Hundred Geese

Full Title: 
百雁圖卷; One Hundred Geese
Culture: 
Materials: 
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions: 
22.3 cm (height) x 228 cm (width)
Notes: 
In Northern Song poetry, wild geese in flight expressed the hierarchy of court officials. Reversing the trope, descending geese give up the dignity and decorum that characterized their flight – they lose their ability to soar. This handscroll by an anonymous painter likely dating to the early Yuan dynasty (late 13th to early 14th century) shows a close-up view of wild geese gathering in a setting that consists of a marshy shoreline with bamboo and reed.
Repository Accession Number: 
50.1455
Rights: 
Charles Bain Hoyt Collection
Description Source: 
University of Chicago Center for the Art of East Asia
Scrolls Project ID: 
728 337