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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.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the Ambassador and Mrs. William J. Sebald Fund, 1986

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17th century (Ming or Qing)
ink on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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Image H: 46 1/2 x W: 12 in. (118.11 x 30.48 cm); Overall H: 63 x W: 15 1/4 in. (160.02 x 38.7 cm)
  • China (Place of Origin)
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