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Incense holder with scholars in a landscape

Artist:
Zhu Sansong (active ca. 1573–1619)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 16th–early 17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bamboo
Dimensions:
Overall (including new wooden ends) H. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Classification:
Bamboo
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.271
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
The ubiquitous motif of scholars enjoying a remote landscape is elegantly carved on the surface of this incense holder. The openwork decoration facilitates the release of fragrance from incense sticks burning inside.
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