Tea Drinking Under the Wutong Tree

A work made of handscroll; ink and slight color on paper.
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  • A work made of handscroll; ink and slight color on paper.

Date:

Ming dynasty (1369–1644), 1509

Artist:

Tang Yin (唐寅)
Chinese, 1470-1523

About this artwork

Generations of Chinese intellectuals and Buddhist monks honed the practice of tea tasting into a high art form. The "bamboo stove" —a carrying case that contained a ceramic kettle used for heating water—was central to the process of tea preparation. This ingenious device, fanned by a servant in the center of this painting, was the subject of a poem by Wu Kuan (1435-1504), a close friend of Tang Yin. In this composition, Wu appears on a low platform with a teapot and a scroll by his side. He shared the tea ceremony with a Buddhist monk, while another servant draws fresh water from a nearby stream.

Five years after Wu Kuan’s death, Tang Yin executed this delicate vignette in the writer’s memory. The first colophon was written by Zhu Yunming (1461-1527), a famous poet and calligrapher who exchanged tea-related verses with Mr. Wu. Such commemorative paintings provide poignant records of Chinese intellectual and cultured society.

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Artist

Tang Yin

Title

Tea Drinking Under the Wutong Tree

Origin

China

Date

1470–1523

Medium

Handscroll; ink and slight color on paper

Dimensions

116.6 × 23.8 cm (9 3/16 × 45 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment Fund

Reference Number

1941.13

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