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Album leaf “Yu’er mudan” 魚兒牡丹 by Zou Yigui 鄒一桂; inscription by Qianlong Emperor 乾隆

Album leaf “Yu’er mudan” 魚兒牡丹 (The bleeding heart, Lamprocapnos spectabilis) by Zou Yigui 鄒一桂 (1686-1772)

Image credit: National Palace Museum, Taipei

Inscription by Qianlong Emperor 乾隆 (1711-1799, ruling 1735-1796):





A string of fish on a delicate wisp of silk,

In the bosom of green leaves, red flowers hanging low.

Wood and grass are insentient by nature,

Who shall observe their shapes and muse on his words?

Album leaf by Shen Zhenlin 沈振麟 (fl. 19th century)

Image credit: National Palace Museum, Taipei

A happy encounter in Gmunden


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