Solitary Wanderer at Longmen

Attributed to Ni Zan, Chinese, 1301 - 1374

Made in China, Asia

Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) or later

1365 or later

Ink on paper; mounted as a hanging scroll

27 3/16 x 9 13/16 inches (69 x 25 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with Museum funds from the Simkhovitch Collection, 1929

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Ni Zan was considered the archetype of the Yuan dynasty literati painter. His dry brush and spare painting style, in which he pared all the elements down to their essence, became a primary model for both Chinese and Japanese literati painters. The inscription at the top narrates the event depicted: the solitary monk who wandered through the Buddhist grottoes at Longmen.