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color woodblock print on paper
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
image: 9 in x 12 in; sheet: 12 9/16 in x 17 in
- Inscriptions & Markings
signature: Baishi huati jiuju 白石畵題舊句 (Baishi paints and composes old phrase), printed, right margin, center Language: Chinese
inscription: Wuguo liuhuan jinbuzai shijia jingu buxulun 吳國榴環今不在石家金谷不須論 (Liuhuan of Wu state does not exist anymore, it is no need to mention about Shi Chong's Golden valley garden.), printed, right margin Language: Chinese
seal: Qida 齊大, printed, right margin, bottom Language: Chinese
- Collection Area
Asian Art; Graphic Arts
- Object Type
- Credit Line
Gift of Donald and Mel Jenkins
- Accession Number
© unknown, research required
Fruits with many seeds are auspicious symbols of fecundity, and grapes are among them. Baishi often depicts grapes with a mouse or a squirrel, creatures associated with prosperity. In contrast to these positive associations, the inscription here mentions two ancient sites that flourished in the third century, but have long since fallen into ruin: "Liuhuan of the Wu Kingdom no longer exists, not to mention Shi Chong's Garden of the Golden Valley garden." The artist appears to be alluding to his own family home, which had suffered decay.