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Calligraphy of Chairman Mao's poem Yellow Crane Tower

  • Description

    Yellow Crane Tower is a famous landmark in central China at the confluence of nine rivers. In the third century it was the site of a well-known military incident, and is celebrated in several poems of the Tang dynasty (618-906). In this poem (composed 1927) Mao uses the five-character line scheme of Tang poetry (though the Tang compositions on this subject favour the seven-character line), mixed with historical allusions and a reference to the major Beijing-Guangzhou railway line that currently crosses the Yangzi at this spot. This silk image was woven in Hangzhou.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChinaZhejiang province Hangzhou (place of creation)
    probably 1970s
    after Mao Zedong (Chairman Mao) (1893 - 1976) (author)
    Material and technique
    42.5 x 27.5 cm (height x width)
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    Purchased, 2008.
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