The Scholar Immortal

June 6th, 2007

16th century Chinese painting, split into left and right halves, appearing in Alasdair Clayre’s 1984 The Heart of the Dragon.

Scholar Immortal, Left

Left half: floating immortal. Click for larger version.

Scholar Immortal, Right

Right half: sleeping scholar. Click for larger version.

“In a 16th-century painting illustrating a Daoist poem, a scholar asleep in his thatched cottage dreams he is an immortal, floating over the mountains” (p47).

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