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象牙插屏
Pair of Table Screens with Flowers and Birds

Period:
Ming (1368–1644)–Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm); W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.220.62a, b
Not on view
Ducks and water plants are incised into one of this pair of screens; small birds perched on plum blossoms adorn the other. Both images are inspired by poems engraved on the backs of the screens. One, by Zhu Xi (1130–1200), describes the tranquil sound of the swimming ducks. The other, by an unidentified poet, refers to the opening of the petals of a tea plum.
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