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painting / hanging scroll

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1982,0520,0.2

  • Description

    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.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1815
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

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

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        賜紫法印 / 金谷写
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shishi hōin / Kinkoku utsusu
      • Inscription Translation

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

        seal
      • Inscription Content

        金谷
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kinkoku
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Content

        墨痴
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Bokuchi
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        吾五十有五而志於學
      • 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.

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  • Bibliography

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

    Exhibited:

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

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    16 February 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Oribuse

    Condition

    Crease

    Treatment details

    Oribuse

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1982

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1982,0520,0.2

  • Additional IDs

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

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