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Title

Square Shoushan stone seal with animal finial

20th century


Artist

attrib. Wu Rangzhi (Xizai)

China

1799 - 1870


About

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.


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)

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
China