Dai Jin

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Dai Jin was a prominent painter of the Zhe school of Ming Dynasty painting, drawing heavily upon the Ma-Xia style of the Southern Song Dynasty.

He served as a court painter for a time, and was much appreciated by the Xuande Emperor, but was eventually ejected from the court for daring to paint a fisherman's coat red, a color reserved for elites. Returning to his native Zhejiang province, he became prominent in the local Zhe school of painting.


  • Conrad Schirokauer, et al, A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilizations, Fourth Edition, Cengage Learning (2012), 247.