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A life sketch of pomegranates


Album leaf on pomegranates by Shen Zhou 沈周 (1427-1509)


古錦囊中物 Filling the antique brocade sachets

千玲與萬玲 Are tinkling gems, in their hundreds and thousands,

憑君莫輕視 Bidding you not to be slighting:

天地養其仁 Heaven and earth nourish their seeds.[1]

沈周 Shen Zhou


[1] Ren 仁 is a pun on “seed, kernel” and “humaneness”, so the last line also reads, “Heaven and earth nourish their humaneness.”


Hoping these ones will have plenty of ren...

 

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