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Jia Xuan [Chia Hsuan] 曹鉉
(later 17th century)

“Zhen River Pavilion” 1697

Hanging scroll, ink on paper
88.0 x 40.0 cm. (34 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)

Artist’s seals
Xuetang taishou (“Prefect of the Snowy Embankment”) Kezhai Jia Xuan; Wangan shuwu (“Library of Ten-thousand Bamboo Stems”)


(NOTE: Further information is provided below the detailed images.)

“West of the public office of Qi’an, on the bark (of the river) is the Zhen River Pavilion. Its flowers and bamboo are brilliant, with the mountains and water reflected all around providing scenes that are perfectly suited to the four seasons and putting to shame what workers established there, which is inadequate to the inner subtlety of what faces it.

During the second month of Spring of the year 1697, the drifting peach blossoms contended in beauty, just as in Zijiu’s (Huang Gongwang, 1269-1354) picture of the ‘Fagan Mountains.’ At leisure from translating and official documents, my hand copied the scene on a scroll so that later, when it is unrolled, it will be like talking as of old with the spirit of the mountains. Ten days after the Day of Cold Food (the day before the Qingming festival) during the year 1697 of the Kangxi reign era, painted and inscribed by Jia Xuan from Helong (‘east of the river’).”




Title slip –
Jia Xuan’s colored landscape


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