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Herdboys and Buffalo in Landscapes

Herdboys and Buffalo in Landscapes

1200s
(Chinese, mid-late 1200s)
Painting: 92.7 x 56.5 cm (36 1/2 x 22 1/4 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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 in the first 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."

The poem in the second scroll reads: "Together, they wade through the middle of the stream, Mindless of perils in the journey. The grass grows tall in the village ahead, While the mist and rain spread far and wide."
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    1999–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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  • {{cite web|title=Herdboys and Buffalo in Landscapes|url=false|author=Guo Min|year=1200s|access-date=24 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1999.216