Nine Songs

Unidentified artist

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 210

In this handscroll, the poems’ deities are presented here in a single continuous landscape composition, each marked with an identifying inscription. The Nine Songs actually consists of eleven poems, each dedicated to a different divinity; ten are depicted here, followed by a portrait of the exiled minister Qu Yuan, who is traditionally considered the author of the poems.

Nine Songs, Unidentified artist Chinese, 15th–16th century, Handscroll; ink and color on silk, China

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