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Calligraphy


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Using clerical script, Wang writes: Shadowed by clouds, though with hope of surmounting them Facing the sun, though without the heart to reach toward it Perhaps this couplet was composed for a friend who was reluctant to praise the emperor (the sun) but who remained loyal and ambitious.
Provenance Sale, Christie's, New York, December 1, 1986, lot 61; Walters Art Museum, December 1986, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Translation] In clerical script: Shadowed by clouds, though with hope of surmounting them / Facing the sun, though without the heart to reach toward it
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the Ambassador and Mrs. William J. Sebald Fund, 1986

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Period
17th century (Ming or Qing)
Medium
ink on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
35.137
Measurements
Image H: 63 x W: 15 1/4 in. (160.02 x 38.7 cm); Overall H: 12 x W: 46 1/2 in. (30.48 x 118.11 cm)
Geographies
  • China (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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