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Poem on Imperial Gift of an Embroidered Silk: Calligraphy in Cursive Script Style (xingshu)
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Item Details
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Culture
China, Suzhou, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)
Title
Poem on Imperial Gift of an Embroidered Silk: Calligraphy in Cursive Script Style (xingshu)
Work Type
Calligraphy
Date
c. 1525
Material
hanging scroll, ink on paper
Measurements
Painting only: 343.5 x 93.5 cm (135 1/4 x 36 13/16 in.); Overall with knobs: 698.5 x 124.4 cm (275 x 49 in.)
Description
A poem by the influential Wen Zhengming expresses Wen’s gratitude to the Jiajing emperor (reigned1522–1567) for a gift of embroidered silk bestowed in appreciation of his commendable service. The elegant, well-composed, and energetically written large characters in deep black ink reflect the handwriting of a distinguished scholar-artist.

The poem reads:

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.
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 s
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: ASIAN - Hanging scroll
Department: Chinese Art
Gallery: 240A Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy
John L. Severance Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1998.169_full.tif
SSID
24621227

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