Important Cultural Property


Attributed to Ma Yuan



Artist Attributed to Ma Yuan
Period China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century
Materials and techniques Hanging scroll, ink on silk
Size 55.4×32.0


In this painting, the landscape is divided into near, intermediate and far distances to emphasize the receding scenery. This work is attributed to Ma Yuan but the composition style is different from that usually associated with the Ma Yuan school. In the Southern Song Imperial Academy, the natural scenery in the background was mostly omitted as a result of emphasizing the figures in the painting. However, the artist of this work highlighted natural scenery and depicted figures as being small and melting into the background. This painting eloquently expresses the grandeur of nature. Formerly kept at Honrenji temple.