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    Painting, hanging scroll. Calligrapher Wang Xizhi and his companions enjoying a poem competition party by the winding stream at Lanting (Orchid Pavilion); wine cups afloat on meandering stream; cherry trees in bloom. Ink and colours on silk. Signed and sealed.

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  • Date

    • 1815
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 108.5 centimetres
    • Width: 36.2 centimetres
    • Height: 131.2 centimetres (mount)
    • Width: 46.5 centimetres (mount)
  • Inscriptions

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        賜紫法印 / 金谷写
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shishi hōin / Kinkoku utsusu
      • Inscription Translation

        Painted by hoin Kinkoku [...]
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      • Inscription Translation

        I first aspired to learning at age 55.
  • Curator's comments

    Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3

    On the third of the third month in the year 353, under the Eastern Jin dynasty, the celebrated calligrapher Wang Xizhi carried out a purification ceremony at Lanting on Mt. Huiji in Zhejiang Province. On that occasion, he is said to have amused himself and his companions by setting a wine cup afloat on a meandering stream, commanding each of them in turn to compose a poem before the cup reached him, on pain of being obliged to drink the wine if he failed to do so. The present work depicts the party by the stream at Lanting. The third of the third month was the Peach (Girls') Festival, and the depiction of literary men furiously wracking their brains under the peach blossoms is amusing.


  • Bibliography

    • Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3 76 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    2009, 18 Feb-15 Jun, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to present'

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    16 February 2009

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  • Additional IDs

    • Jap.Ptg.Add.673 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)


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