- Museum number
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 colour on silk. Signed and sealed.
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Height: 131.20 centimetres (mount)
Height: 108.50 centimetres
Width: 46.50 centimetres (mount)
Width: 36.20 centimetres
- 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.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009, 18 Feb-15 Jun, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to present'
2015 October-2016 April, London, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
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- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.Add.673 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)