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Two Poems in Five-character Regulated Verse

Artist:
Wang Guxiang (Chinese, 1501–1568)
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 18 5/8 in. (16.2 x 47.3 cm)
Classification:
Calligraphy
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.71
Not on view
Signature: Signed, undated, one artist's seal

Wu Guxiang's first poem reads:
A light spring fog spreads through
the city-
The ice breaks up, the green water
glistens.
A myriad homes with weeping willows
studded in between,
Seasonal birds chirp in the eaerly
sunlight.
I am heavy with thoughts of dear
friends,
So moved, I bottle up my homesickness.
Everywhere I look, in all four directions
Horses and carriages dash along the roads.

His second poem reads:
In the reeds, where Taoist immortals
Must have once tied their boats,
Morning waves rise.
Light mist floats through the willows;
Orioles sing in the drizzling rain.
My bosom friends and I are far apart;
I dwell on you and our closeness.
Amid my loneliness the wine is gone.

Marking: Collectors' seals:
Pan Zhengwei (1791–1850)
John M. Crawford, Jr.
John M. Crawford Jr. , New York (until d. 1988; bequeathed to MMA)
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