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Creator.Personal Name: 碧城.
Creator.Personal Name: Hekijo.
Description: hanging scroll; ink on paper; semicursive script kanji; signed by the artist; two artist's seal.
Type: Scroll (Visual work)--Japanese.
Measurements: 28 x 44 in.
Location.Current Repository: private collection, C. J. Campbell (Chicago, Ill.)
Rights: C. J. Campbell.
Record Type: work.
Translation of quotation from Li Shangyin's poem The
Harp: 暖玉生 smoke rises from
Li Shangyin 李 商 隐, 812?-858, also known as Li Yishan 李義山
Why must the silky harp have fifty strings?
Each reminds me of one of life's springs.
In his dream Zhuangzi couldn't tell if he was a butterfly;
Longings of Wangdi live on in the cuckoo bird's cry.
In the Lost Sea moonlight, pearls have mermaids' tears;
Under the Blue Plain warm sun, smoke rises from jade.
Can my feelings be saved for later rememberance?
No, even at the time everything was but a haze.
Translation and text from Mysteries of Li Shangyin by Yuen Chung Kwong.