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The Peach Blossom Spring Chinese Poem Wall Scroll


The Peach Blossom Spring Chinese Poem Wall Scroll
111.1cm
43¾"
42.2cm
16½"

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 24cm x 54.5cm  ≈  9½" x 21½"

Silk/Brocade: 33.2cm x 111.1cm  ≈  13" x 43¾"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 42.2cm  ≈  16½"

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桃花源記

The Peach Blossom Spring

The Peach Blossom Spring Chinese Poem Wall Scroll close up view

Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll

This is commonly known as The Peach Blossom Spring in English. The original Chinese title of this article is 桃花源記 (Táohuā Yuán Jì), which literally means, "Source of the Peach Blossoms". This can also be translated as Record of the Peach Blossom, Peach Blossom Spring Story, or The Peach Blossom Land. This is a story by Tao Yuanming about a utopia where the people live in harmony with nature and remained unaware of the outside world for a millennia.

The Peach Blossom Spring was written during a time of political instability and national disunity. The story describes how a fisherman haphazardly sailed into a river in a forest made up entirely of blossoming peach trees, where even the ground was covered by peach petals. When he reached the end of the river (or spring in some translations), the source turned out to be a grotto. Though narrow at first, he was able to squeeze through and the passage eventually reached a village with animals and people of all ages.

The villagers were surprised to see him but were kind and friendly. They explained that their ancestors escaped to this place during the civil unrest of the Qin dynasty and they themselves had not left since or had contact with anyone from the outside. As a result, they had heard nothing of subsequent changes in political regimes.

The fisherman was warmly received by the hospitable villagers and stayed for over a week. Upon leaving, he was informed that it was worthless to reveal this experience to the world. However, he marked his route on his way out with signs and later divulged the existence of this idyllic haven to others. They tried to find it repeatedly but in vain.

The original text of the article itself with punctuation is:
晉太原中,武陵人,捕魚為業,緣溪行,忘路之遠近。忽逢桃花林,夾岸數百步,中無雜樹,芳草鮮美,落英繽紛,漁人甚異之﹔復前行,欲窮其林。林盡水源,便得一山。山有小口,彷彿若有光,便舍船,從口入。
初極狹,纔通人;復行數十步,豁然開朗。土地平曠,屋舍儼然。有良田美池桑竹之屬,阡陌交通,雞犬相聞。其中往來種作,男女衣著,悉如外人﹔黃發垂髫,并怡然自樂。見漁人,乃大驚,問所從來,具答之,便要還家,設洒殺雞作食,村中聞有此人,咸來問訊。自云先世避秦時亂,率妻子邑人,來此絕境,不復出焉﹔遂與外人間隔。問今是何世,乃不知有漢,無論魏、晉。此人一一為具言所聞,皆嘆惋。余人各復延至其家,皆出洒食。停數日辭去,此中人語云:「不足為外人道也。」
既出,得其船,便扶向路,處處志之。及郡下,詣太守說此。太守即遣人隨其往,尋向所志,遂迷不復得路。南陽劉子驥,高士也,聞之,欣然規往,未果,尋病終。后遂無問津者。


This piece is painted with special Chinese ink on xuan paper (rice paper) mounted to a traditional silk-brocade wall scroll.

This calligraphy was done by Master Calligrapher 孫建平 Sun Jian-Ping of Jinan in the Shandong Province of Northern China. This is a special piece because of the "xiao kai" or "small character" calligraphy. A lot of information in here in a small space.

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Typical Gallery Price: $200.00

$88.88

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