Snuff bottle with Mi Fu bowing to a rock
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Jade (nephrite) with jade (jadeite) stopper
H. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
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.
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