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ANONYMOUS (15TH/16TH CENTURY)

IMPERIAL HORSE

Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on silk
134.5 x 134 cm. (53 x 52 3/4 in.)
Inscription above the painting dated first day, ninth month, third year of the Tianqi era (1459).
Inscription describing the painting as that of a horse sent as tribute to the Ming Yongle Emperor in 1422, and which became one of the Emperor's favourite horses. The horse was named Ziyan (purple swallow), and a portrait of it was commissioned by the Emperor, who also had a poem composed in the Ziyan's honour. The poem was also inscribed above the painting.
One seal: Guang Yun Zhi Bao
Titleslip dated autumn, guiyou year in the Tongzhi era (1873), with one seal

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