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Hu Chang [Hu Ch’ang] (1848-1899) 胡璋

The Red Cliff 1886 前赤壁圖

Hanging scroll, ink & color on silk
144.5 x 57.5 cm. (57 x 22 5/8 in.)

Artist’s seals:
Hu Tiemei; Yaochengzi; ?ding; Hu Zhang ?-yin

“When the kui star (of literature) fell to earth
it didn’t become a stone,

But took a form like Pan (Gu) in heaven,
with mature thoughts and feelings;

Elegant leisure prohibited stern majesty
which thus could not be donned,

In mid night with playing flute,
they passed by the Red Cliff.

One-hundred million fish and dragons
dared not to listen,

Ten-thousand ages eastward flow,
under moonlight gloriously white.

During the ninth lunar month of the twelfth year of the Guangxu reign-era, painted at Fukuno (in
Japan) by Hu Tiemei from the Kingdom of the Qing.”

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