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Brush holder with narrative scene

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
H. 5 1/4 in. (13.3cm); Diam. of rim: 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm); Diam. of base: 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
The solitary angler may be a reference to a twelfth- or eleventh-century B.C. narrative in which a ruler named Wen seeks the advice of a scholar named Jiang Taigong. The role of the figures seated in the pavilion, the other fishermen, and the groups of figures with two oxen, is unclear. They may be embellishments to the story of Jiang Taigong, who is about to receive an imperial visit, or allude to other famous tales.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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