Rising moon over Mount Nanping (Nanpeizan shogetsu)


This scene from the Chinese novel “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms” shows Cao Cao (150-220 AD), at the time the most powerful ruler in northern China, standing in a small boat, overlooking the Yangtze River. If the crows flying towards the moon bring good news – as they in Asia often do – they are bringing it somewhere else. After several brilliant victories, Cao Cao was defeated in the year 208, in the decisive battle of Chibi (The battle of the Red Cliffs) on the Yangtze. Cao Cao was also an established poet who contributed to reshaping the poetry style of his time. The Red Cliffs reappear in print #81. (October 1885)


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