Ten Bamboo Guidance

Persimmon and tangerines, Fruit 9, Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Calligraphy and Painting, ca. 1633–1703, woodblock-printed book mounted as album leaves, ink and colors on paper. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

The University of Cambridge have digitised the famous Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Painting and Calligraphy.  This is an early printed manual of paintings, with lots of appealing compositions.  You can click through the pages (remember the books are “backwards” compared to western order).

Image 220 is the persimmon and tangerines used to illustrate the Wikipedia article on the manual’s publisher Hu Zhengyan.  It also appears in a video about the Huntington’s copy of the Manual, with more information in their blog.