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    Goddess of the River Xiang
Fu Baoshi  (Chinese, 1904–1965)
Date: dated 1947 Culture: China Medium: Album leaf; ink and color on paper
Here, Fu was inspired by verses from a cycle of poems entitled the Nine Songs that is traditionally attributed to Qu Yuan. The Xiang River, a major tributary of the Yangzi that ran through the state of Chu, was known to harbor a goddess in its depths. She surfaced and enchanted the poet, who swore to make her his bride. The moment of enchantment depicted by Fu is described by the poet::The Child of God, descending the northern bank,Turns on me her eyes that are dark with longing.Gently the wind of autumn whispers;On the waves of Dongting Lake the leaves are falling.(David Hawkes, trans., Ch’u Tz’u: The Songs of the South [Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1959], p. 38)
The Metropolitan Museum

    Goddess of the River Xiang

    Fu Baoshi  (Chinese, 1904–1965)

    Date: dated 1947 Culture: China Medium: Album leaf; ink and color on paper

    Here, Fu was inspired by verses from a cycle of poems entitled the Nine Songs that is traditionally attributed to Qu Yuan. The Xiang River, a major tributary of the Yangzi that ran through the state of Chu, was known to harbor a goddess in its depths. She surfaced and enchanted the poet, who swore to make her his bride. The moment of enchantment depicted by Fu is described by the poet::

    The Child of God, descending the northern bank,Turns on me her eyes that are dark with longing.Gently the wind of autumn whispers;
    On the waves of Dongting Lake the leaves are falling.

    (David Hawkes, trans., Ch’u Tz’u: The Songs of the South [Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1959], p. 38)

    The Metropolitan Museum

     
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