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Herdboys and Buffalo in Landscape

牧牛圖

1200s

Guo Min 郭敏

(Chinese, mid-late 1200s)
Image: 92 x 56.5 cm (36 1/4 x 22 1/4 in.); Overall with knobs: 196 x 76 cm (77 3/16 x 29 15/16 in.)
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Tending water buffalos has traditionally been the task of young boys and can still be seen in rural areas of Southern China today.

Description

Herdboys tend their buffalo in a bucolic landscape by a winding stream. Guo Min emphasizes the massive forms and mighty power of the animals, transforming them into forces of nature.

The poem on this scroll reads: "The bulls are engaging in fighting, Cautiously, each seeks to overcome the other. The herdboy calmly stands by. Untying his belt, he silently watches."
Herdboys and Buffalo in Landscape

Herdboys and Buffalo in Landscape

1200s

Guo Min

(Chinese, mid-late 1200s)
China, Qixian, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)

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