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Awaiting friends under a full moon
Painting by 知玄 Zhi Xuan 1
中秋月
Zhongqiu Yue                

On the top of the mountain is a table flanked by two empty chairs. There are no people in the painting, and the trees being leafless but lacking snow suggest it is autumn. The pot on the table looks as though it could be for wine, but the inscription on the painting suggests it is for tea.

The inscription says, 2

In the lonely mountain with the fragrance of tea, detained beneath the moon.
Painted by Zhi Xian in a summer month of 1987.
 
Footnotes (Shorthand references are explained on a separate page)

1. 沈散思號知玄 Zhi Xuan, nickname of Shen Sansi
Shen Sansi is a contemporary painter living in Beijing. In 2006-7 his paintings were being exhibited in 汲悟齊 Jiwu Zhai (Absorbing Awareness Gallery) at 北京琉璃廠西街南柳2號 #2 Nanliu Street, at the west end of Liuli Chang in Beijing.
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2. In Chinese: 空山茗香月下留。丁卯夏月知玄。
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