Table screen with scene of Jinshan island and poem by the Qianlong emperor, Jade (nephrite), China

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

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions:
Diam. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
Classification:
Jade
Credit Line:
Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902
Accession Number:
02.18.688
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)