清乾隆 玉雕達摩渡江圖插屏 Table screen with scene of Jinshan island and poem by the Qianlong emperor
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
Diam. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902
Not on view
On his official tour of the south in 1765, the Qianlong emperor visited Jinshan, a small island that protrudes from the Yangzi River, by the city of Zhenjiang. Enchanted by the scenery, he ordered court artists to create this luxurious jade plaque depicting the island and its Buddhist monastery. It is inscribed with a poem in his own calligraphy commemorating the experience.
Inscription: Insciption on back and ode composed by Emperor Qianlong.
Heber R. Bishop , New York (until 1902; donated to MMA)