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Collection

An image of Official seal by

China

Title
Official seal
Place of origin
China
Year
18th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
carved soapstone
Dimensions

15.0 x 11.5 x 11.5 cm

Credit
Gift of Mrs Joan Rogers 1990
Accession number
129.1990
Location
Not on display
Further information

Inscribed on one side in ancient seal script is a poem by the Tang dynasty poet Zhang Ji (died 780) entitled "Anchored at night by maple bridge':

'The moon sets, the crows caw, hoar frost is in the air,
By the maples at the riverside twinkles the light of the fishermen's boats as I take my troubled rest.
Outside the city of Soochow [Suzhou] stands the Han Shan Monastery
And at midnight there comes to me in my boat the tolling of the temple bell'

[Four characters of the original poem are missing in the inscription]

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, March 1990.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 7.

Exhibition history (1)

Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995