Chinese hanging scroll with vertically-oriented painting depicting a ferret or porcupine nibbling a melon. The image area is 40 cm x 108 cm and was made with black and grey ink on silk and mounted with a brocade frame on a paper mount with teak roller. Zhao, well-known for his calligraphy and seal carving, is one of the most important Qing painters. His style synthesized the styles of Xu Wei ((1521-1593), shi Tao (or Dao Ji, among the â€œFour Monks of the Mingâ€ 1630 â€“ unknown), and Li Shan (1686-unknown). This painting reflects one of Zhaoâ€™s later interests in zoology and marine creatures, in addition to his whimsical commentary on the ferret chewing the melon.