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This screen features running script (xing) calligraphy by Yin Shubo (1769–1847) of an excerpt of the fourth poem of Ten Poems in Answer to Yang Jifu (Da Yang Jifu shishou), written by Su Shi (1037–1101) as a letter to a friend in the third year (1070 of the Xining reign (1068–1077) of the Northern Song dynasty (960–1127). The words are full of the author’s delight in life and express his open-mindedness.
Originally from Xiushui (present-day Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province), Yin Shubo was a Qing-dynasty (1644–1911) painter who went by the courtesy name (zi) Manqing and the style name (hao) Yunlou. In addition to his other artistic pursuits, he was a gifted bamboo carver.
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu