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Title

Square qingtian stone seal with animal


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The four characters phrase comes from the famous Lantingji Xu 【《蘭亭集序》, 'Preface to the Poems Collected from the Orchid Pavilion'). It is a piece of Chinese calligraphy work generally considered to be written by the well-known calligrapher Wang Xizhi (303 – 361) from the East Jin Dynasty (317 – 420). The section containing these four characters reads: 所以遊目騁懷,足以極視聽之娛,信可樂也 (our eyes wander, so do our minds too. Indeed, it is a pure delight for all our senses.


Details


Alternative title

青田石古獸鈕方章


Place where the work was made

China


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

carved qingtian stone


Dimensions

2.5 x 2.1 x 2.1 cm (irreg.)


Credit

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

44.2020



Place

Where the work was made
China