The richly carved scene of a scholar gentleman riding in a moonlight landscape is also found in Chinese paintings dating to the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The scholar is riding on horseback while four young attendants carry his supplies and a fifth hastens to open the gate to the family compound. The scholar gentleman is understood to be returning from a spring outing filled with wine and poetry.
[ J. J. Lally & Co. , New York, until 1993; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.