The Journey

Solitary Azure Peak (Guqingfeng), from an album of Mount Luofu

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  • Daoji (Chinese, 1642–1707)
  • China
  • Qing period, ca. 1701–5
  • Part of an album of eight leaves; ink and colors on paper
  • H. 11 1/8 x W. 7 13/16 in. (28.2 x 19.8 cm)
  • Princeton University Art Museum, Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Y1967-17

The painter Daoji was a Buddhist monk for over fifty years. Mount Luofu, the site pictured here, has long been a sacred Daoist site located in Guangdong Province. During the Tang dynasty (618–906), the mountain became an important regional center for both Daoists and Buddhists. A Daoist temple was built there in the mid-eighth century, but was later converted into a Buddhist temple. In Daoji's rendering, pilgrims climb a mountain path and approach the temple courtyard.

PHOTO CREDIT: Bruce M. White


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