Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Wenchang, Stellar God of Literature

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
16th century
H. 5 13/16 in. (14.8 cm); W. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Alfred W. Hoyt Collection, Bequest of Rosina H. Hoppin, 1965
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Wenchang is one of a host of personified or embodied stars found in Chinese culture. Associated with literature and, by extension, scholarship and knowledge, Wenchang is part of a constellation of six stars near the Big Dipper.
Alfred W. Hoyt , New York (until d. 1911) ; Rosina H. Hoppin , New York (until d. 1965; bequeathed to MMA)
The Oriental Ceramic Society of London and The British Museum. "Chinese Ivories," May 23, 1984–August 19, 1984.

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

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