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Miss Qiu

(Chinese, active ca. 1565–1585)

Guanyin and Longnu, from an album of twenty-four portraits of Guanyin

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Object Details

Artist

Miss Qiu

Date

late 16th century

Medium

Album pages: gold ink on dyed paper

Dimensions

Image (each): 11 9/16 × 8 11/16 inches (29.4 × 22 cm)
Sheet: 14 9/16 × 22 inches (37 × 55.9 cm)
Mat: 22 × 28 inches (55.9 × 71.1 cm)

Credit Line

Acquired through the generosity of Judith Stoikov, Class of 1963, supplemented by the George and Mary Rockwell Fund, and gift of Warner L. Overton, Class of 1922, by exchange

Object
Number

2002.012.026

As is the case with many Chinese women artists, little is known of Miss Qiu’s biography beyond the(…)

As is the case with many Chinese women artists, little is known of Miss Qiu’s biography beyond the fact that she was the daughter of the famous painter Qiu Ying (active 1530–50). Two of the seals on this album belong to Xiang Li, one of the wives of the famous Ming collector Xiang Yuanbian. Qiu Ying lived with the Xiangs toward the end of his life; Miss Qiu might have lived there then as well, and after her father’s death maintained a close relationship with the family. Her album is inspired by a woodblock print series based on paintings by Ding Yunpeng (1547–1628) that were in turn based on a famous handscroll depicting thirty-two manifestations of Guanyin by Li Gonglin (1049–1106) that was owned by Xiang Yuanbian. This image of Guanyin with her disciple Longnu, the Dragon King’s daughter, comes from an album illustrating twenty-four transformations of Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion. Guanyin is considered a guardian of women, and in Ming-dynasty China women formed various Guanyin recitation groups to express their devotion to this bodhisattva. (“Highlights from the Collection: 45 Years at the Johnson,” curated by Stephanie Wiles and presented at the Johnson Museum January 27–July 22, 2018)

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