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清 王翬 等 康熙南巡圖 (卷三: 濟南至泰山) 卷
The Kangxi Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Three: Ji'nan to Mount Tai

Artist:
Wang Hui (Chinese, 1632–1717) and assistants
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
datable to 1698
Culture:
China
Medium:
Handscroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 26 3/4 in. x 45 ft. 8 3/4 in. (67.9 x 1393.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.5a–d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 216
In 1689 the Kangxi emperor (r. 1662 – 1722), a Manchu whose forebears had conquered China in 1644, made a grand tour to consolidate his authority over southern China. The renowned landscapist Wang Hui was commissioned to record the journey in a series of twelve oversize handscrolls. This scroll, the third in the set, highlights the emperor’s visit to Mount Tai, China’s “Sacred Peak of the East.” Although Wang based his design on maps and woodblock prints — he never visited the mountain — he also connected specific sites with imaginary landscape passages inspired by classical precedents and employed a traditional “blue-and-green” palette to underscore the emperor’s beneficent rule.
Inscription: No Artist’s inscription, signature, or seal

Site names inscribed on the painting

Unidentified artist, 6 columns in standard script, undated:

Ji'nan Prefecture City 濟南府城
Kaishan Temple 開山廟
Zhangxia 章夏
Mount Tai 泰山
Tai’an Township 泰安州
Mengyin District 蒙陰縣

Label strip

Unidentified artist, 1 column in standard script (affixed to the brocade flap), undated:

南巡圖第三卷,從濟南府經泰安州致禮泰山

Frontispiece

Unidentified artist, 8 columns in standard script, undated:

第三卷敬圖
皇上蒞止濟南,登城巡閱,萬姓咸舉手加額,喜覲天顏。於是法從迤邐,由山路達泰安州。 皇上特率扈從諸臣致禮於泰山。維時嶽靈効祥,峰巒聳立,雲樹騰秀。泰安父老歌舞充途。若夫岱宗之崇高,魯地之曲折,雖粗具丹青,愧未能狀其毫末也。

Inscription on scroll box

Unidentified, 1 column in standard script, undated; 1 seal:

南巡圖第三卷 康熙二十八年己巳正月 [印]: 天府珍藏

The inscription on the box reads, “Southern Inspection Tour, three. First month of the twenty-eighth year of the Kangxi period [1689].”
[ Tingchen Zhang , Hong Kong, about 1979; sold to MMA]
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