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清中期 《御製七佛塔碑記》玉冊
Jade book

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions:
H. 5 9/16 in. (14.1 cm); W. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); L. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm)
Classification:
Jade
Credit Line:
Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902
Accession Number:
02.18.527
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222
This book records a Buddhist text given to the Qianlong emperor (r. 1736–95) by a Panchen Lama from Tibet. The calligraphy was written by the court official Liang Guozhi (1723–1774) then engraved into the jade pages and painted gold. A number of jade books were made during the reign of Qianlong, whose penchant for this stone and partiality to all sorts of extravagances is well recorded.
Heber R. Bishop , New York (until 1902; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Bishop Jades," March 30, 2004–February 12, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The "Hundred Antiques"," February 18, 2006–October 31, 2006.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Passion for Jade: The Heber Bishop Collection," March 14, 2015–June 19, 2016.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings," June 25, 2016–October 9, 2017.

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