Wu Yuan-chih (twelfth century), Shan-fu by style name, was from the Jurched's Chin dynasty.
He was a gifted painter, talented in landscape paintings. Of the many paintings on the theme
of the famous poetry "The Red Cliff" composed by Su Shi (Tung-p'o), this piece is surmised
to be the oldest and most eminent. It is also a valuable work among the rare examples of
the Jurched's Chin dynasty painting. The colophon in large semi-cursive script proceeding
the painting is also a rare example of calligraphy from the same period by the renowned
contemporary literati Chao Ping-wen.
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||Ink on Paper
||51.9cm x 697.7cm
20.4in x 274.7in
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