Swift Bull from the Ten Swift Bulls

Swift Bull from the Ten Swift Bulls

駿牛図 断簡

late 1200s-early 1300s

Section of a handscroll mounted as a hanging scroll; ink and slight color on paper

Overall: 27.1 x 31.9 cm (10 11/16 x 12 9/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1952.286

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Fun Fact

We know the original scroll had ten bulls because a copy of the complete scroll exists.

Description

This work was once part of a handscroll depicting ten bulls in various postures. The whereabouts of nine of the ten bulls are known, and all have been remounted as hanging scrolls. The original scroll likely celebrated prized creatures used by aristocrats to pull their conveyances.

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