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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.
A. W. Bahr , (until 1958; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of the Chinese Album," September 6, 2014–March 29, 2015.

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