Returning with a Crane on a Snowy Evening Artist: Liu Yuanqi (Chinese, 1555–ca. 1632)


Asian Art

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The attendant awaiting the arrival of a boat with a scholar gentleman and his pet crane aboard provides the only sense of the passage of time in this cold, still landscape in which the unpainted white paper is used to represent snow. Once the scholar and his crane have landed, they will walk along the narrow path at lower right to a small hut, where companionship and tea await. The combination of the pagoda in the background, which may be a famous monument at West Lake in Hangzhou, and the artist’s inscription suggests that this work references the reclusive poet Lin Bu (967–1028), who lived near West Lake and penned a famous piece in honor of his beloved crane.


Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper


without mounting: 50 1/4 × 23 1/2 in. (127.6 × 59.7 cm)
with mounting: 99 1/2 × 32 7/16 in. (252.7 × 82.4 cm)
with rollers: 36 1/4 in. (92.1 cm)

Credit Line

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund

Accession Number



Ming dynasty (1368–1644)


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Said to have been acquired in Japan and remounted in Hong Kong.

Sold at auction in Guangzhou in the spring 2001 Jiade sale.
  • "Worlds of Wonder," Kaikodo Journal 20 (Autumn 2001), 90–91, 277–78, no. 7
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Additional information

Object/Work type

Nature, hanging scrolls


river snow


Two seals of the artist: Liu Yuanqi shi; Yuanqi\r\nCollectors seals: Chengdu Su Hongchang shuhua zhencang yin (lower left); undecipherable (lower right)


Accumulated snow obscures the pine path, the skiff carrying a crane returns. On an autumn day during the year 1631, painted by Liu Yuanqi

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