The ubiquitous motif of scholars enjoying a remote landscape is elegantly carved on the surface of this incense holder. The openwork decoration facilitates the release of fragrance from incense sticks burning inside.
Signature: To the left of the figure of Lu Jingxiu, and slightly lower, is the signature of the artist, Zhu Sansong.
[ Luen Chai Curios Store , Hong Kong, until 1995; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Dissent in 17th-Century China: Masterpieces of Ming Loyalist Art from the Chih Lo Lou Collection," September 6, 2011–January 2, 2012.