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Book/Printed Material Jie zi yuan hua chuan wu juan 芥子园画传五卷

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  • Jie zi yuan hua chuan wu juan

Other Title

  • 芥子园画传五卷

Translated Title

  • The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting, in Five Juan.


  • Jieziyuan hua zhuan (The Mustard Seed Garden manual of painting), also known as Jie zi yuan hua pu, was compiled in the early Qing dynasty. The work was commissioned by Shen Xinyou, son-in-law of the famous playwright Li Yu (1611-circa 80), whose mansion in Nanjing, was called Jieziyuan (Mustard Seed Garden). The compiler and editor was the local landscape artist Wang Gai (active 1677-1705), who was assisted by his brothers Wang Shi and Wang Nie. The manual systematically introduces basic techniques of Chinese painting, which are provided in rhyme. The work also gives examples and analyses of the works of great landscape painters and instructions on how to imitate them. The original edition was printed in multicolor with the technique of douban (assembled-block), a printing process to produce refined pictures. With its bright and vivid colors, it represented a masterpiece of ancient Chinese woodblock printing and played an influential role in the history of Chinese printing. It was also influential in Edo-period Japan. Shown here is juan one of a later edition of this classic on Chinese painting.


  • Wang, Gai, active 1677-1705 Author.

Created / Published

  • Nanjing, Jiangsu : Li Yu, [1662 to 1722]


  • -  China
  • -  1662 to 1722
  • -  Art--Study and teaching
  • -  Block printing
  • -  Chinese painting
  • -  Handbooks and manuals


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "Only juan 1 is shown in the WDL presentation."--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 5 volumes ; 21.4 x 14.6 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of China.
  • -  Content in Chinese.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
  • -  Title revised per Asian Division.--cc28 2023-01-06


  • 1 online resource.

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  • 2021666444

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Chicago citation style:

Wang, Gai, Active Author. Jie Zi Yuan Hua Chuan Wu Juan. [Nanjing, Jiangsu: Li Yu, to 1722, 1662] Pdf.

APA citation style:

Wang, G. (1662) Jie Zi Yuan Hua Chuan Wu Juan. [Nanjing, Jiangsu: Li Yu, to 1722] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Wang, Gai, Active Author. Jie Zi Yuan Hua Chuan Wu Juan. [Nanjing, Jiangsu: Li Yu, to 1722, 1662] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.