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(Chinese, 1525-c. 1606)
Album leaf; ink and color on silk
Sheet: 26.4 x 28.4 cm (10 3/8 x 11 3/16 in.)
The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 1998.78.5
This album of landscape paintings depicts the famous scenic areas located in and around the city of Wuxing in southeastern China. These places were all known for their natural beauty, but in addition, a number were distinguished by their links to eminent historical figures and events. The artist, Song Xu, was not a native of Wuxing, but must have visited it when he accepted the commission, for he carefully depicted all eighteen views and wrote comments on each of them.
Song's gazetteer-like notation on this leaf reads:
Grotto Mountain: Five li northwest of Hexi, there are two streams converging; Hexi (literally converging streams) is derived from this. The cave can hold a hundred people.
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