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(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
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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