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明 王穉登 行草書山水窟殘稿 冊頁
Fragment of a Manuscript

Artist:
Wang Zhideng (Chinese, 1535–1612)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Album leaf; ink on ruled paper
Dimensions:
Image: 9 5/8 x 15 13/16 in. (24.4 x 40.2 cm)
Classification:
Calligraphy
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
1989.363.85
Not on view
Like many talented men, Wang Zhideng failed to gain an official appointment but, after the death of Wen Zhengming (1470–1559), he became the most renowned poet of his time and presided over Suzhou literary circles for the last thirty years of his life.

A respected calligrapher, this piece preserves the opening section of Wang's essay "Cave among Mountains and Waters," which describes the scripture study room of the Yunyin Monastery near Suzhou. Wang most likely composed this work at the request of the monastery's abbot or patrons, a common practice for literary and artistic luminaries. His refined and relaxed calligraphy, modeled after Wen Zhengming's running-standard script style, suitably complements the lighthearted tone of his prose.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (13 columns in semi-cursive script)

疏。廣長庵主王穉登撰並書。
山水窟者,雲隱庵翻經之室、湧西源挂衲之廬。慧樹智芽於今不絕,天花法雨終日相尋,索往跡之銷亡,待後人而剏建。鋻和尚門對寒流,詩思雖清入骨,身同野鶴,禪心那辦腰纏。蘭為橑,桂為棟,虛空焉得飛來。甎磨鏡,杵磨針,頃刻安能立就?赤手不成,三里霧滿頭,空立六街霜,必賴大檀方興小果。許玄度高談名理,也須囗與囊錢。陶淵明早謝塵纓,何

Artist’s seal

王氏百谷

Collectors’ seals

Gu Luofu 顧洛阜 (John M. Crawford Jr., 1903–1988)
顧洛阜
漢光閣

Unidentified
柏成樑鋻賞
John M. Crawford Jr. , New York (until d. 1988; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance," January 23, 2009–September 13, 2009.

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