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Subject:Calligraphy Fan - Nakabayashi Chikuto (Tozan Inshi)
Posted By: Stephen Dickson Fri, Jan 06, 2023 IP: 2a02:c7f:c3f:4e00:54

Could anyone please help with identifying the text here? And there was a suggestion that this is by Nakabayashi Chikuto using his art name Tozan Inshi - I'd be most grateful for any opinions about this. Many thanks.

Subject:Re: Calligraphy Fan - Nakabayashi Chikuto (Tozan Inshi)
Posted By: I.Nagy Mon, Jan 09, 2023

On the fan there are three poems about plum blossoming. The first two by Liu Yuxi of the Tang Dynasty and the third by Zhu Fangde of the Song Dynasty.
The last line (on the left) reads;
東山隠士摹  Copied by Dongshan Yinshi or Copied by Tōzan Inshi in Japanese ( Hermit of Dongshan or Hermit of the Eastern Mounts).
If the 摹 character was in front of the name it would be "Copy of Dongshan Yinshi (or Tōzan Inshi)".
However, I can't find any calligrapher or painter with this art-name in the Chinese art-name registers.
The signature and leisure seal on the other side of fan have nothing to do with the Japanese painter Nakamura Chikutō (中村竹洞) whose art-name was Tōzan Inshi.

Other side;
王立香 - Wang Lixiang - Unidentifiable artist
竹詩  - Bamboo poems*
(Somebody mistakenly read the second character
詩 as 洞 (竹詩 zhushi "bamboo poem" as 竹洞 Chikutō, so the Chikutō (Tōzan Inshi) version has even been confirmed)
* In the Chinese literature there are "bamboo poems" without a single bamboo word in the poems.
The bamboo together with plum, orchid and chrysanthemum always been a symbol of purity and tenacity. The poems on the other side are exactly about purity and tenacity.
Leisure seal in my reading,
惜陰  - Xiyin - Cherish your time

With regards,

Subject:Re: Calligraphy Fan - Nakabayashi Chikuto (Tozan Inshi)
Posted By: Stephen Dickson Tue, Jan 10, 2023

Dear Mr Nagy,
Thanks so much again for your detailed and thoughtful comments. The text is more complex and interesting than I expected.
May I just ask one more question: Is this clearly a Japanese artefact or could it possibly be Chinese?
Many thanks,
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