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Cassia Tree

Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Artist:
After Yun Shouping (Chinese, 1633–1690)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Album leaf; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
8 1/8 x 12 in. (20.6 x 30.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.145
Not on view
Signature: Inscribed, six lines in running script; signed, undated, three artist's seals: Baiyun waishi (right center); Shouping; Zhengshu (left)

Artist's inscription:
On the branches a pristine breath of frost,
Below the tree, sparse and misty moss.
Dense leaves let through the golden wind,
Delicate flowers fall on the empty stairs.

Why must the Dipper Stars become obscured?
I gaze at the Seventh Star through a crystal screen.
Riding the clouds I go up to the Ziwei Star,
And from the autum sky pluck the bright moon.

[Trans. Elizabeth Bennett]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Peach Blossom Spring," November 21, 1983–June 3, 1984.

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