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Album of Miscellaneous Subjects, Leaf 4

Album of Miscellaneous Subjects, Leaf 4


early 1650s

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Fan Qi 樊圻

(Chinese, 1616–after 1694)

Album leaf, ink and color on silk

Image: 12.6 x 17.3 cm (4 15/16 x 6 13/16 in.); Overall: 21 x 22 cm (8 1/4 x 8 11/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1975.22.4


Did you know?

There is no sign of human presence in this sunny landscape dominated by a bold flat-topped cliff.


Leaf 4 This leaf alludes to Wang Wei's poetic lines: In empty hills, there is no one there; Yet one can hear the sound of conversation. Xu Fang's colophon reads: By chance, I start my journey from the watershed to remote regions, Suddenly I see the silhouette of mountains-myriad expanses of green. What is this Feilai Peak which now does not recede? Its rocky walls, linked to heaven, are drenched by a waterfall.

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