Nine Dragon Pool

Nine Dragon Pool

九龍潭圖

1690s

Mei Qing 梅清

(Chinese, 1623-1697)

Hanging scroll, ink and light color on paper

Image: 92 x 43.5 cm (36 1/4 x 17 1/8 in.); Overall: 200.7 x 71.1 cm (79 x 28 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1979.50

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Huangshan 黃山 is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its spectacular rocky peaks, sea of clouds, oddly shaped pine trees, and hot springs.

Description

In the second half of the 1600s, Huangshan 黃山 (Mt. Huang or Yellow Mountain) attracted many visitors and inspired artists like Mei Qing. He probably sketched the Nine Dragon Pool on his second trip to the mountain range in 1690, at the advanced age of 68 sui. This dramatic waterfall has nine curves, each forming an emerald green pool. After heavy rain, the rushing water looks like nine white dragons.

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