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- Titles Snowy Plum Blossom Landscape with Taoist Immortals the Donkey Rider Zhang Guolao and Lan Caihe on a Footbridge in Folding Fan Format (Proper)
- Artist Monk Baofa, Chinese, active 1870s
- Medium ink and white paint on mica ground paper
- Dimensions 7 3/8 × 21 1/2 in. (18.7 × 54.6 cm) mat: 20 × 24 in. (50.8 × 61 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with funds from the Endowed Fund for Acquisitions and the Birmingham Asian Art Society, 1988.82.108
- Work Type fan painting
- Classification Paintings
- Signature Signature: Done by Baofa 寳筏作
- Marks Artist’s Seal: Baofa (square, white characters) 寳筏
- Inscription Artist’s Inscription (top left): Because of my love for the plum blossom, I had to go and see them. The fragrance of the flower and the snow enveloped my body, I was unaware of the cold. Casually riding a donkey, I sought poetic expression, but all the verses I can think of are about high mountains and precipitous paths. No one can describe my feeling right now. In the mid-autumn of the year of xinwei (1871), done by Baofa. 為愛梅兮著意看滿身香雪不知寒等閒驢背尋詩過泛古空言蜀道難辛未仲秋寶筏作 Because of my love for the prunus, I went to view them. The fragrant snow enveloped my body; I was unaware of the cold. Casually astride a donkey, I sought poetic expression. Useless words from the past are as many as the roads to Shu (Szechuan). Made by Baofa on the mid-autumn festival of xin-wei (1871).