A lovely vintage rendering of the poet Su Dongpo's boat trip past the famous Red Cliff. Above the painting is a beautifully brushed calligraphic rendering of one of his Odes to the Red Cliff. A blizzard of red seals complete the image, these with a nod to the classic scroll in the National Palace Museum Taipei.
"In the fifth year of Emperor Shenzong (神宗)'s Yuanfeng (元豐) reign (1082) in the Northern Song period, more than 800 years after the epic Battle of Red Cliff, the famous poet-official Su Shi (Dongpo) and friends made two trips to Red Nose Cliff (赤鼻磯) west of the town Huangzhou (黃州). To commemorate these trips, Su wrote two rhapsodies that would earn him universal praise in the annals of Chinese literature: "Odes to the Red Cliff." Afterwards, Red Nose Cliff at Huangzhou became known as "Dongpo's Red Cliff," which is actually not the place of the battle but not very far from it." (China Online Museum).
Ink and color on silk (image); ink on paper (calligraphy). Size 17 7/8" x 24" (image); 9 15/16" x 24" (calligraphy). Total length 66" x 29 1/2" to end of wooden scroll rollers.
Condition: Some minor discoloration and the occasional crease. Some stray white pigment streaks. Altogether a spectacular scroll.
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Vintage Chinese Scroll Painting Calligraphy Ode to the Red Cliff Su Dongpo 蘇軾Seals赤壁賦