Ming Sun Tai picked up the one-stringed banjo. In the silence there struck four sharp successive notes that leaped from the vibrating string
Date: 1920
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 25 3/8 × 24 1/4 in. (64.5 × 61.6 cm) frame: 32 1/4 × 31 1/8 in. (81.9 × 79.1 cm)
Illustration Citation: "Joss," by Hugh Wiley, in The Saturday Evening Post, February 21, 1920.
Credit Line: Gayle and Alene Hoskins Endowment Fund, 1985
Object Number: 1985-27
About: In this mystery story about fateful encounters and stolen gold in San Francisco, an old Chinese man performs rituals in front a shrine that includes icons of several religions. Henry Soulen took advantage of a scene that occurs in a dark room by highlighting intense colors and complex patterns.
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