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Scholar-Official in His Study

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia


Ink and color on silk; originally mounted as a hanging scroll

60 1/16 × 31 1/2 inches (152.6 × 80 cm) Mount: 8 feet 10 5/16 inches × 35 1/16 inches (270 × 89 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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The man shown in this picture is a mandarin (civil official), who would have passed a series of difficult, competitive examinations in the Chinese classics in order to attain his position. Shown in his study, a mandarin was versed not only in the duties of his office but also in music, poetry, and the arts of calligraphy and painting.