Autumn Moon over Phoenix Terrace Artist: Wu Hong (Chinese, active ca. 1670–80)

17th century

Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

The absence of human figures contributes to the sense of quiet and stillness that pervades this painting of buildings in a remote landscape under the light of an autumn moon. The inscription at upper right identifies the scene as “phoenix terrace.” This may be a reference to a well-known poem by the famed Li Bai (701–762 c.e.), in which he yearns for a position at the court in the bustling Tang capital of Chang’an (present-day Xi’an).


Hanging scroll, ink and light color on silk


without mounting: 70 × 20 1/2 in. (177.8 × 52.1 cm)
with mounting: 93 × 27 in. (236.2 × 68.6 cm)
with rollers: 30 3/4 in. (78.1 cm)

Credit Line

WIlson P. Foss, Jr., Ph.B. 1937, Fund

Accession Number



Qing dynasty (1644–1911)


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Yuji Eda Collection, Tokyo; purchased in 1988 by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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Object/Work type

hanging scrolls, landscapes (representations)


autumn moon terrace


two seals of the artist: "Wu Hong" and "Yuan-tu"


signed, upper right: "Painted by Wu Hong of Linchuan"

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