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
John M. Crawford Jr. , New York (until d. 1988; bequeathed to MMA)
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. "Late Wu School Painting and Calligraphy," September 14, 1984–October 28, 1984.

Fort Worth. Kimbell Art Museum. "Late Wu School Painting and Calligraphy," December 2, 1984–January 27, 1985.

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