National Palace Museum: GONGZHU DE YAJI: MENG YUAN HUANGSHI YU SHUHUA JIANCANG WENHUA TEZHAN. Elegant Gathering of the Princess: The Culture of Appreciating and Collecting Art at the Mongol Court. Taibei, 2016. 300 pp. Colour plates throughout, many full page. 29x29 cm. Wrappers.
Catalogue of a sophisticated exhibition at the National Palace Museum exploring the connoisseurship of art at the court of the Yuan dynasty Mongol emperors. It focuses on a famous gathering of literati at Tianqing Temple south of the Yuan dynasty capital, Dadu, organized in 1323 by a Mongol princess, Sengge Ragi, great-granddaughter of Kublai Khan. After a banquet, the princess took out masterpieces of Song and Yuan dynasty paintings and calligraphy from her collection for her guests to appreciate and inscribe. Many of these works are now in the collection of the National Palace Museum and are testament to imperial connoisseurship across the dynasties, in particular, that during the little-studied Yuan period. The gathering is also famous in that the host was a lady, proof of the active role of women in the court life of the Mongol ruling family. Moreover, the participants at the gathering were from different ethnic groups and reflect the pluralism of the social elite under Mongol rule. In four sections: 1. Library (Collection) of the Imperial Elder Sister; 2. The Imperial Collection; 3. Inscriptions by Scholars; 4. Diversity in Art. Prefaces, list of contents, list of plates, introductions to each section, captions to plates and descriptions in English. Fuller text in Chinese. Immediately went out-of-print and extremely hard to obtain.
Subjects: Art Connoisseurship
Item 94 in List 203.
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