Playing the zither for a crane

Unidentified artist

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In a landscape of his own design, a man plays music for his pet crane beneath a massive paulownia tree. Within this tightly curated microcosm, the fantastic rocks stand in for mountain ranges, the man-made pond for an ocean, and the foliage for dense forests, creating a safe and placid representation of nature for the enjoyment of a privileged elite.

Playing the zither for a crane, Unidentified artist, Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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