Couplet from a Poem by Han Hong

Emperor Lizong Chinese

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The confidence and boldness displayed by the large characters of this fan epitomize Lizong's late style. Written when the emperor was fifty-six years old, the fan is his latest extant dated work.

The couplet, from a poem entitled "Farewell to Yuan Shen on His Return to Jiangdong" by Han Hong (act. ca. 766-80), a well-known Tang dynasty poet, brings to mind the scenery around the Southern Song capital:

The sounds of the tide rise at noon;
The greens of the mountains are deepest in the south.

Couplet from a Poem by Han Hong, Emperor Lizong (Chinese, 1205–64, r. 1224–64), Fan mounted as an album leaf; a) ink on silk, b) ink on paper, c) ink on paper, China

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