On twin panels of fine silk, Xu Xi [fl. ca. early 10th c.] of Jiangnan and his generation had painted clusters of blossoms and layers of rocks accompanied by herbs and sprouts interspersed with the marvels of birds, wasps, and cicadas. The works were then presented to [the ruler] Li Yu to be hung as decoration in palaces. They were hence known as “palace-covering flowers” and also sometimes called “hall-decking flowers.” The intent behind their arrangement is majestic as well as orderly and precise, but many of them do not capture a lifelike or natural manner, which is why viewers often do not appreciate them very much.
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