One Hundred Geese

Full Title: 
百雁圖卷; One Hundred Geese
Ink and color on silk
22.3 cm (height) x 228 cm (width)
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: 
Charles Bain Hoyt Collection
Description Source: 
University of Chicago Center for the Art of East Asia
Scrolls Project ID: 
728 337