Apr 21, 2004
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 14, 2013

Zhongli Quan Crossing the Ocean

Zhongli Quan Crossing the Ocean



Zhao Qi 趙麒

(Chinese, active early 1500s)

China, Ming dynasty


Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

Image: 135 x 57.5 cm (53 1/8 x 22 5/8 in.); Overall: 233 x 71.6 cm (91 3/4 x 28 3/16 in.); with knobs: 233 x 77.5 cm (91 3/4 x 30 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1976.13


Did you know?

Zhongli Quan wears a girdle of leaves, a common Daoist immortal-recluse attribute.


Here, Zhongli Quan is crossing the ocean. He is one of the Eight Immortals (baxian), a group of popular Daoist figures who understood the way of life and could transform into otherworldly beings. Zhongli Quan is usually depicted as a scholar with a big belly seen through his partially open robe. The artist used expressive brushwork to depict the immortal’s fluttering robe and the roaring waves, skillfully creating a sense of movement.

This scroll may have been one of a set depicting the Eight Immortals. Although the painting has no signature or seal, its style supports an attribution to the Ming dynasty painter Zhao Qi.

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