late Qing dynasty (1644–1911, early Republic period
late 19th–early 20th century
Pine soot and binding medium; inscribed in gilt
W. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm); L. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1929
Not on view
This ink tablet is from a sixty-four-tablet set (30.76.216–.279) commissioned by the Jiaqing emperor from the Studio for Appreciating the Antique (Jiangu Zhai) manufactory of the Wang Jinsheng family in Huizhou, Anhui Province. Each ink tablet commemorates a hall or pavilion in one of the imperial gardens. Each site’s name is written in gilt characters on one side; a view of the site is presented on the other. Such inks were purely decorative and not intended for use.
Inscription: Gu Lai Tang
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Douglas Dillon Legacy: Chinese Painting for the Metropolitan Museum," March 12, 2004–August 8, 2004.