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After a Long Summer Rain

Artist:
Wen Zhengming (Chinese, 1470–1559)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink on gold-flecked paper
Dimensions:
6 3/8 x 19 1/2 in. (16.2 x 49.5 cm)
Classification:
Calligraphy
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.61
Not on view
Signature: Signed, undated, two artist's seals.

Wen Zhengming's poem may be rendered:
Dripping tiles barely dried, the morning
sun is already high;
Patches of moss flashing crisp green,
Waist high grows the grass.
Rich green everywhere presses summer to
come;
High tides last night flooded out the
broken bridge.
Water standing, flooding, until I feel
almost sick;
Adapting my dress to sudden bursts of
warmth becomes quite hard.
I awake from my sleep in the studio, with
nothing to do,
Now and then, hidden birds break the silence.
[Trans. is indebted to that made by Jonathan Chaves in Zeng Yuho Ecke, Chinese Calligraphy (Philadelphia, 1971), no. 51]

Marking: Collector's seal: John M. Crawford, Jr.
John M. Crawford Jr. , New York (until d. 1988; bequeathed to MMA)
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