Calligraphy in Semi-Cursive Style (xing-caoshu)

Yueshan Daozong (Chinese, 1629–1709)c. 1660–1709

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This bold calligraphy written by Yueshan, an Ōbaku school monk, consists of five characters tentatively translated as “Pine trees singing in the wind.” The line is from <em>Cold Mountain Poems (Hanshan shi)</em>. Cold Mountain is the pen name (<em>hao</em>) of the poet monk Han Shan, as well as the name of a place. In one poem Han describes getting lost on the road to Cold Mountain, perhaps an allusion to the search for religious enlightenment.

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  • Title: Calligraphy in Semi-Cursive Style (xing-caoshu)
  • Creator: Yueshan Daozong (Chinese, 1629–1709)
  • Date Created: c. 1660–1709
  • Physical Dimensions: Painting only: 128.9 x 29 cm (50 3/4 x 11 7/16 in.); Overall with knobs: 179 x 36.4 cm (70 1/2 x 14 5/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Private Collection, Maine, (Chinese Porcelain Factory, NY, sold to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gow), Robert and Katy Gow, Naples, FL, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Calligraphy
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2003.354
  • Medium: hanging scroll; ink on paper
  • Original Title: 吟風一樣松
  • Inscriptions: 吟風一樣松, 悅山, 道宗之印, Linji zheng zong
  • Department: Chinese Art
  • Culture: China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Gow
  • Collection: ASIAN - Hanging scroll
  • Accession Number: 2003.354

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