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Title

Square Shoushan stone seal with animal finial

20th century

Artist

attrib. Wu Rangzhi (Xizai)

China

1799 - 1870

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    傳吳讓之刻壽山石古獸鈕方章
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Cultural origin
    China
    Date
    20th century
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    carved Shoushan stone
    Dimensions
    7.5 x 3.6 x 3.5 cm (irreg.)
    Credit
    Gift of Dr John Yu in memory of Dr George Soutter 2020
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    53.2020
    Artist information
    attrib. Wu Rangzhi (Xizai)

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    The phrase composed of six characters "tao chan zhu shi zhi jian" was often used by seal carvers of the Ming and Qing dynasties to express the lofty sentiment. It is said that Qing dynasty's literati artist Deng Shiru, 邓石如(1743—1805), once put a seal stone on the fire before caving it. When it is taken out of the fire, the cracks on the stone reminded him the scene of Su Dongpo boating on the river at Chibi (Red Cliff), therefore he carved a sentence from Su Dongpo's famous Ode on the Red Cliff.

    Rangzhi is likely refered to Wu Rangzhi (1799-1870), famous seal caver and calligrapher of Qing dynasty, native of Yizheng of Jiangsu province.

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    Where the work was made

    China

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