Inscribed on one side in ancient seal script is a poem by the Tang dynasty poet Zhang Ji (died 780) entitled "Anchored at night by maple bridge':
'The moon sets, the crows caw, hoar frost is in the air,
By the maples at the riverside twinkles the light of the fishermen's boats as I take my troubled rest.
Outside the city of Soochow [Suzhou] stands the Han Shan Monastery
And at midnight there comes to me in my boat the tolling of the temple bell'
[Four characters of the original poem are missing in the inscription]
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, March 1990.
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995
Beyond Words: Calligraphic Traditions of Asia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Aug 2016–30 Apr 2017
Auspicious: Motifs in Chinese art, Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney, Sydney, 16 Nov 2020–15 May 2022
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 7.