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    Sale 12169

    Fine Chinese Paintings

    16 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 851

    PU RU (1896-1963)

    Arhat/ Calligraphy

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    PU RU (1896-1963)
    Arhat/ Calligraphy
    Two scrolls, mounted and framed as one, ink and color on silk/ paper
    Each scroll measures 6 7/8 x 5 7/8 in. (17.5 x 15 cm.)
    Inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist
    Dedicated to Yuelou (Zou Zuohua, 1894-1973)
    Further inscribed by the artist, with two seals




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    Saleroom Notice

    The medium of this painting is ink and color on silk/paper, not ink on silk/paper.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF ZOU ZUOHUA (1894-1973)
    Zou Zuohua, also known as Zou Yuelou, was from a military family in Jilin. Beginning in the early 1920s, he worked with Zhang Zuolin as an artillery brigadier and later for Zhang Xueliang. As a member of the National Revolutionary Army, in 1930 Zou led his troops to victory on the Russian front. He was one of the first people to win the Republic of China’s prestigious military medal. After the Mukden Incident, Zou served as lieutenant general in the artillery school and fought in the Battle of Songhu. After the war, he was briefly assigned as head of the political committee, as well as chairman of Jilin. He was promoted to general in 1947 and eventually established an artillery division in northeastern China.