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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1931,0709,0.1.2

  • Description

    Album. Lady plus inscription. Painted in ink and colours on silk. Pictures of four beauties.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1813 (?)
    • 1873 (?)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 19 centimetres
    • Width: 27.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        題款:秋來景物既依稀,窗外梧桐葉正飛。桂折一枚何處贈,天涯遊客幾時歸。日日臨池墨未干,惜花容易護花難。披圖囑咐須珍重,非個中人莫與看。花癖叟。
      • Inscription Translation

        With the coming of Autumn the scenery is most rare, outside the window the leaves of the Wutong tree fly to-and-fro, I break off a branch of osmanthus but to whom shall I present it? When will the traveller return from the remotest parts? Everyday when I make copies the ink in my inkstone does not dry. To cherish a flower is easy, to protect it is hard. When opening the album I bid you treat it as a valuable object, if you are not an upright person you may not look. By the old man addicted to flowers.
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        鈐印:琴, 書
      • Inscription Transliteration

        qin, shu.
      • Inscription Translation

        The guqin [the Chinese zither], calligraphy.
      • Inscription Comment

        2 seals 1: intaglio (白文). 2: relief (朱文).
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1931

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1931,0709,0.1.2

  • Additional IDs

    • Ch.Ptg.Add.74 (Chinese Painting Additional Number)
Album. Lady + inscription. Ink and colours on silk. According to register. pictures of four beauties.

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Album. Lady + inscription. Ink and colours on silk. According to register. pictures of four beauties.

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