Road to Shu

Road to Shu



Yuan Yao 袁耀

(Chinese, active mid-1700s)

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

Overall: 266 x 275 cm (104 3/4 x 108 1/4 in.); Painting only: 186.7 x 255.3 cm (73 1/2 x 100 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2019.167



Mountains with dramatically towering peaks and deep gorges show travelers leading loaded mules over footbridges and mountain paths transporting trade goods over long distances. These trade routes are characteristic of Sichuan province (or Shu). This painting is among the largest produced by the Yuan studios in 18th-century Yangzhou to furbish the spacious residences of wealthy Yangzhou salt merchants or princely palaces.

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Chinese Art
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