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清乾隆 留青竹刻山水圖臂擱
Wrist rest

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
H. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm); W. 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm); L. 8 3/16 in. (20.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of A. W. Bahr, 1958
Accession Number:
Not on view
Chinese is traditionally written vertically, from right to left and from top to bottom. An armrest is often placed over the last line on the paper while a new line is being written, so that the ink will not be smeared by a wrist or a sleeve. Armrests are usually rectangular, with a concave section, like a roof tile. This example is carved in the reserve-green technique. The yellow-green skin of the bamboo is partially preserved as highlights against a background of the darker and more fibrous inner layer.
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