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Mu Nu / Yellow River
Mu Nu / Yellow River
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Date:
1997
Location:
Not on display
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Color Spitbite Aquatint And Softground Etching
Dimensions:
Sheet: 635 x 914 mm (25 x 36 in.)
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North America
Accession Number:
2015.37.342
Acquisition Date:
2015-10-07
Credit Line:

Foundation purchase, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions

Using a palette of neutral earth tones the image shows two figures leaning down, ropes stretched tight behind them as they pull an unseen boat up river. "Mu Nu" means "mother" and "daughter" in Chinese and reveals the toiling figures as female. The women's faces are obscured so that we just see the silhouettes of their hunched bodies struggling with what is traditionally a man's job.