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明 丁雲鵬 潯陽送客圖 軸
Song of the Lute

Ding Yunpeng (Chinese, 1547–after 1621)
late Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Image: 55 5/8 x 18 1/8 in. (141.3 x 46 cm)
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 210
On a chilly autumn evening in A.D. 816, the poet Bai Juyi was seeing a friend off at a ferry stop when he heard the sound of a lute drifting across the water. Following the music, he came to a boat where an aging courtesan sat issuing her plaintive song across the darkening river. Moved by the melancholy dignity of the scene, Bai wrote “Song of the Lute” in honor of the courtesan. In this rendering of the famous poem, the only indication of night is the candle between Bai and his friend as they sit in their boat, transfixed by the beauty of the song.
Signature: Artist's signature

Inscription: Transcription of "Farewell at Xunyang" by Liu Ran dated 1586

Painted on a winter's day in the year Yiyu (1585) at the Chengchu garden of Mr. Yang Zihou.

Marking: One collector's seal: Yiqutang shuhuaji (relief, tall, rect) in lower left corner
John C. Ferguson , until 1913; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.

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