Ornament with landscape and figures
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Not on view
This elaborate sculpture depicts a wooded landscape. Two travelers walk along a mountain path, and a rider journeys to visit a friend living in the small hut on the upper corner. This house in the forest represents an ideal retreat for Confucian scholars wishing to escape the mundane world of official duties. The dense composition and the linear depiction of the figures, drapery, and pine and banana trees relate closely to contemporary woodblock prints, illustrating the exchange of imagery across artistic media.
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