Art/ Collection/ Art Object

After Wang Xianzhi's (344–385) Foxglove Broth Letter

Artist:
Wen Peng (Chinese, 1498–1573)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
dated 1567
Culture:
China
Medium:
Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink on gold paper
Dimensions:
6 x 19 in. (15.2 x 48.3 cm)
Classification:
Calligraphy
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.70
Not on view
Signature: Signed, dated 1567, one artist's seal

The text Wen Peng has written out is not his own composition, but a letter written by Wang Xianzhi (344–388) to an unidentified friend. It reads:
My new wife seems to have improved a little since she took a dose of foxglove broth, but her eating and sleeping are still not good. I just can't quit worrying. I think I must touch upon the matter which you discussed before. How come master Xie has not yet returned? To engage oneself or withdraw can't be explained. So I commit my question to writing.
[Trans. Marc F. Wilson/ Kuan S. Wong]

Marking: Collectors' seals:
John M. Crawford, Jr.
Unidentifed, 1 seal
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