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Snuff bottle with Mi Fu bowing to a rock

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Jade (nephrite) with jade (jadeite) stopper
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm)
Classification:
Snuff Bottles
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
14.40.437a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
A famed poet, painter, and calligrapher, Mi Fu (1051–1107) was also noted for his eccentricities, which included the collecting of stones. He declared one stone to be his older brother, and sometimes bowed to this rock as a mark of respect. Representations of Mi Fu bowing to a rock are often found in Chinese painting, as well as in the decorative arts.
Marking: None
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