Preface to the Poems Composed at Orchid Pavilion
Wang Xizhi (303 - 361)
unmounted, ink rubbing on rice paper, 40 x 14 in.
$ 170.00

On this late spring day, the ninth year of Yonghe (353 AD), we gathered at Orchid Pavilion in Shaoxing to observe Water Festival. High mountains and luxuriant bamboo groves lie in the background; limpid, swift streams gurgle around. We sat by the water, sharing the wine from a floating goblet while chanting poems, which gave us delight in spite of the absence of musical accompaniment. This is a sunny day with a capful valley breeze. Spreading before the eye is the beauty of nature; hanging high is the immeasurable universe. This is perfect for an aspired mind.

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