25 November 2013
MI WANZHONG (1570-1628)
Chrysanthemums and Rocks
ink on paper
127.6 x 39.3 cm. (50 1/4 x 15 1/2 in.)
Inscribed with a poem and signed, with two seals of the artist
Dated ninth month, dingmao year (1627)
Two collector's seals of Hongxiao (1722-1778)
TRANSLATION OF THE POEM:
Chrysanthemums never bow to the god of the sun for morning glow,
They would rather grow beside bamboo and rocks, splendidly isolated.
A noble man would do likewise,
As integrity is scarce in the world, unfortunately mundane.
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