Gathering at Lanting (Orchid Pavilion)

Purification at the Orchid Pavilion

Overall: 48.5 x 21 cm (19 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.)
Location: not on view
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A stylized wave pattern represents water; land areas are covered in an overall diamond pattern.


This lacquer panel, perhaps part of a piece of furniture, depicts the Gathering at Lanting in 353 CE that took place during the Spring Purification Festival, a day spent traditionally outside in nature. Here, cups of wine are set afloat on a winding stream as part of a poetry competition among the attendants.

By the Ming dynasty the painting theme Gathering at Lanting also appeared on lacquer, jade, and porcelain. The main figure and central motif, Calligrapher Wang Xizhi Watching Geese, has been moved toward the upper register of the composition.
Gathering at Lanting (Orchid Pavilion)

Gathering at Lanting (Orchid Pavilion)


China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

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