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Incense holder with scholars in a landscape

Zhu Sansong (active ca. 1573–1619)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
late 16th–early 17th century
Overall (including new wooden ends) H. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1995
Accession Number:
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.
Signature: To the left of the figure of Lu Jingxiu, and slightly lower, is the signature of the artist, Zhu Sansong.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Dissent in 17th-Century China: Masterpieces of Ming Loyalist Art from the Chih Lo Lou Collection," September 6, 2011–January 2, 2012.

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