Title: Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute: The Story of Lady Wen-Chi
Classification: Books, Manuscripts, Documents, Personal Symbol & Correspondence
Credit Line: Gift of W. Allen Perry. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute are a series of Chinese songs and poems about the life of Han Dynasty (202 BCE – 220 CE) poet Cai Wenji, the songs were composed by Liu Shang, a poet of the middle Tang Dynasty. Later Emperor Gaozong of Song (1107–1187) commissioned a handscroll with the songs accompanied by 18 painted scenes.