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Drinking at Night

A work made of handscroll; ink on paper.
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  • A work made of handscroll; ink on paper.


Ming dynasty (1368–1644); c. 1520/23


Tang Yin
Chinese, 1470-1523

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Tang Yin


Drinking at Night






Handscroll; ink on paper


Artist’s inscription: One year, 365 days, spring, summer, autumn, and winter, each has 90 days. Cold winter and hot summer are the most difficult time; when it gets cold as if cutting with a knife, hot as if roasting. In spring and autumn, the weather is good, but it gets lots of rain and wind. Through the year, there is only a few days with good weather. It is difficult to come upon a beautiful scenery. If you can have a beautiful scenery and good weather, what a enjoyable thing! Do not light a tall candle which shine the zun vessel of fragrant wine. That is a empty life in the world of men. The ancient people; encouraged to have a party at night with candles. Each minute of spring night is as valuable as thousand of gold, but I say that even with the thousands of gold, you cannot bring the spring night back again. Xianggong jinshi wujun Tang yin wrote. (Eun-wha Park:1989) -Frontipiece: "zhai qi" ( 摘奇 ) by Feng Fang (南隅外史 豐坊) (although this once part of an album, not a handscroll) Seals of Geng Zhaozhong and Qing emperors -This scroll has the original silk wrapper from the Qing palace in the 18th century, inscribed by Zhang Zhao (1691-1745) in 1744; recorded in Shiqu baoji. Collectors’ seals Geng Zhaozhong, Xingong Jianding zhencang, Hanshui Genhuihou shuhua zhi zhang Tianshan Genxingong shuhua zhi zhang Zhanenji Huihou zhencang Huihou Zhizhang


30.5 × 139.2 cm (12 × 55 in.)

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Gift of the Joseph and Helen Regenstein Foundation

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