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Title

Rectangular Qingtian stone seal with animal finial

1900


Artist

attrib. Lou Xinhu

China

1881 - 1950


About

The phrase composed of the four characters "Mo Hua Zuo Ban" [here "mo" is used as "mei" (plum blossom) comes from Southern Song dyansty poet Lu You (1125-1210)'s poem "Four poems on seeking plum bloossom in the south"of the city «城南寻梅得句四首»:“黯淡江天雪欲飞,竹篱数掩傍苔矶。清愁满眼无人说,折得梅花作伴归。It means to have plum blossom as companion, and depictes a lonely but noble-minded sentiment

The side inscriptions contain the name of Xin Hu, one of the many names of the name of Lou Cun, 楼邨, (1881—-1950),a native of Junyun of Zhejiang province in China. He was a close friend of master Wu Changshuo who gave Lou this name whose pronounciation is very close to Xin Wu (新吳) meaning "new me".


Details


Alternative title

傳樓辛壺作青田石古獸鈕方章


Place where the work was made

China


Cultural origin

China


Date

1900


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

carved Qingtian stone


Dimensions

8.4 x 3.3 x 2.2 cm (irreg.)


Credit

Gift of Dr John Yu in memory of Dr George Soutter 2020


Location

Not on display


Accession number

34.2020


Artist information

attrib. Lou Xinhu

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
China