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Creator Name: Wen Zhengming
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1470 - 1559
Creator Name-CRT: Wen Zhengming
Title: Imperial Gift of an Embroidered Silk: Calligraphy in Running Style
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1520
Creation End Date: 1530
Creation Date: c. 1525
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: ink on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 345cm x 93.5cm
Inscriptions: The text of the calligraphy, which is also included in his literary compilation, can be translated as follows: From the throne, this exquisite silk was bestowed on me, As I expressed my gratitude to His Majesty by the Goldwater Bridge. This heavenly silk is embroidered with five colors. Resplendent it is, draping over my arm with [designs of] twin dragons. Having received such a gift, I [bowed] in shame over my lack of achievements. Humbly I returned to my rank to observe the grand ceremony. I wish His Majesty shall live on for myriad years, And the sun will always shine upon His trailing robe.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1998.169
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Context: This impressive hanging scroll is the work of Wen Zhengming, a lowly official, but an acclaimed master of calligraphy and painting. The scroll is an expression of gratitude to Emperor Jiazhing (1522? 1566) for a gift, presumably given in appreciation for Wen Zhengming's meritorious work. The artist wrote both the poem and the calligraphy, which reads: From the throne came this wondrous silk, When I attended his Majesty by the Goldwater Bridge. This heavenly silk is embroidered with five colors, Resplendent it is, drawing over my arm with [designs of] twin dragons. To such a gift, I [bowed] in shame over my lackluster performance. Humbly I returned to my rank to observe the grand ceremony....The style of the calligraphy is based on "running script," which, unlike formal script, is characterized by simple characters and linked brushstrokes. Wen Zhengming was a master of this style. The calligraphy is not dated, although evidence from Wen Zhengming's writings suggests he may have received the gift and executed this hanging scroll in 1525.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1998.169
AMICA Library Year: 2001
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