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The Five Rulers at the New Year's Reception

Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Artist:
In the Style of Wu Zongyuan (Chinese, died 1050)
Period:
Ming dynasty (?) (1368–1644)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Handscroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
20 1/2 in. × 16 ft. 3 15/16 in. (52.1 × 497.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.124.1
Not on view
Inscription: On the title label fixed on the outside is written "The picture representing the Five Rulers at the New Year's reception. Painted by Wu Zongyuan (act. 1010). Formerly owned by the Imperial Household of the Qing period, with a colophon by Luo Dianji"

Next to the picture is written the following, by Luo Dianji, on paper: "Painters should behave as gods and paintings should be divine. From the Tang period down to the present time, more than one thousand years have passed. Many books and paintings have appeared in the world and they circulated over the Mount Sumero. There are books and paintings which are not good enough even to take a glance at, while others deserve to be looked at thoroughly; some others are worthwhile to look at a little while; others deserve to be read a hundred times without getting tired; and there are some others of which the spirit touches one at first sight. Among one hundred we may find one which is worthwhile to look at a little while. Among one thousand we may find one which deserves to be read one hundred times. But it may happen only once in ten thousand times that we find a painting of which the spirit touches us at first glance. The writing called Landin by Yuzhun (Wangyize), the picture representing mountain in spring by Beiyuan (Dongyuan), end of tenth century, the landscape painted by Hongguzi (Jing Hao [act. ca. 900–60]), and a view of the Yellow River, by Juran, ca. 975, are all specimens so rare that only one can be found among ten thousand. Now this picture is so rare a masterpiece that only one may be found among a thousand pictures. Unless one sees such rare value, it will be impossible to understand the divine quality of this picture. Indeed, this painting is the unique treasure of Mount Sumeru." Written by Luo Dianji
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