Volume 49 – Number 4
This issue spotlights the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston(MFA). Wan-go H. C. Weng, an important benefactor of the museum, celebrates his 100th birthday this summer, in honour of which the MFA will be exhibiting a handscroll acquired by his great-great-grandfather and passed down to Wan-go, Ten Thousand Li up the Yangzi, by Wang Hui(1632-1717). Feier Ying relates the collecting history of this major work. Her article is followed by Abigail Hykin and Nancy Berliner's account of the discoveries made during the restoration of a Song/Jin dynasty wood sculpture of Guanyin, installed in a new gallery dedicated to the arts of the period. Nancy Berliner also writes on bapo painting-late 19th century depictions of deteriorating or damaged works of classical Chinese culture-a previous exhibition subject at the museum.
Next, Eugene Y. Wang continues his discussion of haze effects in Chinese painting with a look at the 20th century, while Ellen Johnston Laing considers an unusual set of Chinese print of occupations. Kang Soyon focuses on a circa 15th century Korean painting of an immortal combining Buddhist and Daoist elements. Moving on to India, Subhashini Aryan examines two composite sculptures of Hari-Hara Dandapani and Vasudeva-Kamalaja at the 13th century Shiva temple in Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh.
For our 'Curator's Choice' series, Colin Mackenzie shares his enthusiasm for an early Chinese handscroll. And in 'Art in Context', Gereon Kopf explores the role of art in pilgrimage in Japan.
China,Shanxi province, Jishan county,
Song(960-1279) or Jin(1115-1234)
dynasty, 11th or early 12th century
Wood(Paulownia tomentosa) with
polychromy and gilding, 141x88x88 cm
Museum of Sine Arts, Boston
Hervey Edward Wetzel Fund(MFA 20,590)
(Photograph 2018 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)