Rare painting by Chancellor Xiao Lài

Style: India ink on paper
Size: 45×25 cm
Era: Song Dynasty (10th century)
Estimated value: 75,000 USD

Inscription on painting: “Qilian Shan, holy mountains of my childhood. Xiao Lài”


A very rare, authentic landscape sketch from the Song Dynasty period (10th century). Landscape sketches are traditionally at the forefront of Chinese painting styles, combined with refined academic taste.

Historic note:
Chancellor Xiao Lài was one of the most important politicians during the time of the Song Empire. He was tragically killed one day before the failed military campaign against the Tangut rebels which went on to change the political landscape of ancient China