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Wenchang, Stellar God of Literature

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 5 13/16 in. (14.8 cm); W. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Alfred W. Hoyt Collection, Bequest of Rosina H. Hoppin, 1965
Accession Number:
65.86.125
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Wenchang is one of a host of personified or embodied stars found in Chinese culture. Associated with literature and, by extension, scholarship and knowledge, Wenchang is part of a constellation of six stars near the Big Dipper.
The Oriental Ceramic Society of London and The British Museum. "Chinese Ivories," May 23, 1984–August 19, 1984.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

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