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Landscape and Poems from an Album the Three Perfections

Jiang Shijie

Asian Art

The three poems accompanying this simple scene express Jiang Shijie’s mourning for the Ming dynasty (defeated by the Manchus in 1644), his parting from a friend, and a return home at sunset after a leisurely drinking party. The verses infuse the image of a weeping willow and empty pavilion with a nostalgia that ranges in intensity from deep regret to light-hearted memories of a good time just past.
MEDIUM Ink on paper
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES late 17th century
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Qing Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 11 x 17 1/2 in. (27.9 x 44.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Baekeland
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Willow trees on a riverbank; text on facing page contains three poems.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Jiang Shijie (Chinese, 1647–1709). Landscape and Poems from an Album the Three Perfections, late 17th century. Ink on paper, 11 x 17 1/2 in. (27.9 x 44.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Baekeland, 66.188.3 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 66.188.3_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 66.188.3_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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