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Armchair

Period:
late Ming (1368–1644) or early Qing (1644–1911) dynasty
Date:
17th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Purple sandalwood (zitan)
Dimensions:
H. 40 1/8 In. (101.9 cm); W. 22 3/8 in. ( 56.8 cm); D. 18 1/8 in. (45.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.193.4a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 218
To enhance aesthetic enjoyment, the brush writing of famous calligraphers was often carved on favorite objects in the scholar's study. Here, the calligraphy of two literati, Zhou Tianqiu (1514–1595) and Dong Qichang (1555–1636), on the splats testifies to the popularity of that custom.
Inscription: The splat is inscribed with a facsimile of calligraphy by Dong Qichang (1555–1636):

"After returning from official duties, don a crane-feathered robe and a flower sun hat. In the hand hold a volume of the Zhou Yi, burn some incense, sit quietly and let time and worldly matters pass by. At a distance the sailboat looks like a small bird and the smoky clouds blend with the trees and bamboo. Qichang" (from catalog card).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ming Furniture Room," 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Re-Installation of The Ming Furniture Room," 2008.

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