Three Catalpa Trees
Three Catalpa Trees
Three Catalpa Trees
Three Catalpa Trees
Three Catalpa Trees

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Three Catalpa Trees

Shen Zhou (Chinese, 1427-1509)


Shen Zhou's inscription reads:

Fan Gong's hand planted objects of a thousand years,
Fitting for descendants' nurturing care.
Over and over leaves fall returning to the ages;
Again and again good spring rises from the earth.
Watch them as Ji Zha guarded the auspicious trees.
From Zhuangzi I know the beauty of their timber;
So for you I take the brush and paint their likeness-
Bright sun, the wind, the rain awe lesser plants.
[tr. R. Edwards]

[Walter Hochstadter {1914-2007} (exchange for TR5552/1 Shen Zhou 4 seasons; value $400.)]; Eli Lilly, Indianapolis; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1960.

Object Information

Shen Zhou (Chinese, 1427-1509)
Ming dynasty
creation date
about 1481
ink on paper
43-3/4 x 16-1/8 in. (image)
109-7/8 x 22-9/16 in. (overall)
mark descriptions
Signed: Changzhou Shen Zhou
Colophon by Zhou Ding
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly
Asian Art

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