Image: 42 3/8 x 18 3/4 in. (107.6 x 47.6 cm)
Overall with mounting: 98 1/2 x 26 5/8 in. (250.2 x 67.6 cm)
Overall with knobs: 98 1/2 x 30 in. (250.2 x 76.2 cm)
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of Oscar L. Tang Family, 2006
Not on view
This dramatically cropped image of bamboo reveals neither the plant's base nor its tip; rather, the leaves and branches seem to defy gravity, giving the pendent bough a sense of dynamic movement and growth. The contrasting ink tones and thrusting brushstrokes that define the leaves add to the vitality of the image.
Ke Jiusi, a leading connoisseur and curator of the imperial art collection, here demonstrates his scholarly approach to the study of antique models by freely copying a work by the Northern Song master Wen Tong (1019–1079), the patriarch of the monochrome bamboo genre.
Inscription: Artist's inscription and signature (2 columns in semi-cursive script):
On the winter solstice of the jiyou year during the Xining era , Wen Tong, Yuke, from Bajun [in present-day Sichuan Province]. On the Duanyang festival [fifth day of the fifth lunar month] of the guiwei year during the Zhizheng era  Ke Jiusi, Danqiu, made this copy. 熙寧己酉冬至日，巴郡文同與可。 至正癸未端陽節，丹丘柯九思臨。
Xixun 錫訓 Ke shi Jingzhong 柯氏敬仲 Yunzhen Zhai 縕真齋
1. Unidentified artist, 1 column in standard script, undated:
2. Bi Long 畢瀧 (1730–1797), 2 columns in standard script, undated; 1 seal:
元柯丹丘臨文湖州倒垂竹枝真跡，真定梁蕉林藏本，無上神品。 [印]： 畢瀧鑒賞
Liang Qingbiao 梁清標 (1620–1691) 棠邨審定 蕉林
Bi Long 畢瀧 (1730–1797) 畢澗飛祕笈印
Feng Gongdu 馮恕 (1867–1948) 公度所藏宋元名跡 馮公度囗囗囗
Wang Jiqian 王季遷 (己千，C. C. Wang, 1907–2003) 王氏季遷珍藏之印
Oscar L. Tang Family , New York (until 2006; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Chinese Galleries: An Inaugural Installation," 1997.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Artist as Collector: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the C.C.Wang Family Collection," September 2, 1999–January 9, 2000.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Chinese Painting with Selections from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill," September 10, 2002–February 9, 2003.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan I," March 1, 2003–September 21, 2003.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Brush: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy," March 12, 2005–August 14, 2005.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," January 28, 2006–August 13, 2006.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty," September 28, 2010–January 2, 2011.