Image: 52 x 29 1/8 in. (132.1 x 74 cm)
Overall with mounting: 99 1/2 x 32 1/8 in. (252.7 x 81.6 cm)
Overall with knobs: 99 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. (252.7 x 90.2 cm)
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Not on view
Signature: Inscribed, signed, dated 1749, two artist's seals
Artist's inscription: One joint, two joints and yet another join. The virtue of Zu Yuan, Su Wu, Goyi and Suqi. One leaf, two leaves and yet another leaf. The rain god, the wind god and the grotto of Zhange. The phrase "without bamboo [life] is vulgar" Has been received respectfully from Confucius down through the ages. The old fishing pole is lost at the shore of the Wei River. The bamboo with the blood and teas of Nuying and Ewang had already withered when, in his anger, the dragon founder [Qin Shihuang] turned the green hillside into bare, red soil. The young boys' temple was abandoned and the militarist aged. Who clasped the green jade and grasped the tail feathers of the soaring phoenix? Dongpo's [Su Shi's] decaying trees tangle with the bamboo. Ruke's [Wen Tong's] chilly branch is ten thousand feet long. How elegant and high-spirited are Meihua's [Wu Zhen's] mouse-foot strokes! [The style of] Lady Tianshui (Guan Daosheng] is also extremely elegant. Her green dwarf bamboo sways gracefully with fragrance in the wind. Qingteng [Xu Wei] continued the lineage with his elegant style. Who says that the bamboo master sees not his successor? The style and principles of the master are followed by his disciples. Xiangnan [Zhao Bei], Suonan [Zheng Sixiao] and Riru [Zhu Sheng] burden others with their painting manuals Which now are broken up like split bamboo. Yu Zhiding from my native region is unlike Qieyuan [Gao Qipei]. Qieyuan is eccentric in style and Ding is ragged.