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Chen's inscription reads
In late summer of 1649, it will be the fortieth birthday of Maocai, my venerable sworn elder brother. His younger brother, Maoqi, requested a painting [from me] to be sent as a birthday gift.
I will save the birthday wine until peace comes. Only by then, (my friend) Ding Qiuping and I will ask for it when we make trips to the immortal's fairyland.
[tr. M. Wu]
Taiwan collector, K. S. Wong, Hong Kong, China; James Freeman 19 June 1983; (Henry Harrison, Lincoln, Massachusetts); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2004.