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Lu Qian Presents a Sword

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Lu Qian Presents a Sword


Huang Shen

Chinese, 1687–after 1768

Noted for his large-scale and narrative compositions, Huang Shen depicts an event in the life of Wang Xiang (185-269), when Lu Qian, Governor of Xu, presented him with a sword and asked him to be his successor. Wang Xiang accepted the commission, which led to a very high-ranking position and distinguished career.
Ink and color on silk
Overall: 93 3/8 x 23 9/16 in.(237.2 x 59.9cm)
Image: 59 9/16 x 16 3/8in. (151.3 x 41.6cm)
Gift of Karen Wang in memory of her father, Wong Nan Ping
Provenance: Zhong Qinchu鍾琴初; Wong Nan-p’ing 王南屏; Karen Wang
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Documents International: Reflections in the Mirror: A World of Identity", April 23, 1998 - June 20, 1999

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, "Chinese Art: A Seattle Perspective", December 22, 2007 - July 26, 2009 (12/22/2007 - 7/26/2009)

New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University Art Gallery, "The Jade Studio: Masterpieces of Ming and Qing Painting and Calligraphy from the Wong Nan-P'ing Collection", April 9 1993 - July 31, 1994. Circuit: University of Michigan Museum of Art, Anarbor, MI, 9/10 - 11/19/94; Art Gallery, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 12/16/94 - 2/25/95; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS, 4/9/95 - 6/18/95.

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