small stand in the shape of a qin; 13 ivory circular inlays on top at one side; inlaid seal; four small legs; 10 characters on top

Wristrest in the Shape of a Chin (Lute), early 19th century

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This wristrest is beautifully crafted in the shape of a ch'in or Chinese lute, an instrument long associated with the literati and a symbol of antiquity and scholarship. The craftsmen used lung-yan timber from Fukien province. This wood is famous for its "tiger stripe" graining while the form is further enhanced by a row of thirteen ivory inlays resembling the markers on an actual qin. The top of the rest is carved with a poem by Kuo Shang-hsien in two five-character stanzas, which reads: My home is without material wealth The classics are its fertile fields. Kuo Shang-hsien was a famous official and calligrapher from Pu-tian in Fukien. He was a scholar, painter, poet, and well-known calligrapher who held several official posts both in Peking and the provinces.

Details
Title
Wristrest in the Shape of a Chin (Lute)
Artist Life
1785 - 1832
Role
Calligrapher
Accession Number
2006.47.1
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small stand in the shape of a qin; 13 ivory circular inlays on top at one side; inlaid seal; four small legs; 10 characters on top