Artist unknown / Jade Mountain Illustrating the Gathering of Poets at the Lan T'ing Pavilion / 1784Artist unknown
Jade Mountain Illustrating the Gathering of Poets at the Lan T'ing Pavilion

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Jade Mountain Illustrating the Gathering of Poets at the Lan T'ing Pavilion
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1784
Creation End Date: 1784
Creation Date: 1784
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: mountain
Materials and Techniques: Jade
Dimensions: H.22-1/2 x W.38-3/8 in.
Inscriptions: Inscriptions, seals
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 92.103.13
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund and Gift of the Thomas Barlow Walker Foundation

This mountain, apparently the largest piece of historic carved jade outside of China, was commissioned in 1784 by the Ch'ien-lung emperor (1736-95) whose own poem appears carved on the backside. The front displays a longer verse, the Lan T'ing Su ("Prelude to the Orchid Pavilion"), a famous poem composed in 353 by Wang Hsi-chi, perhaps the greatest calligrapher of the Far East. The occasion for the poem is illustrated by this jade carving, a literary gathering of poets and scholars organized by Wang at Lan-t'ing, the Orchid Pavilion. Several literati can be seen writing, drinking wine, and collating texts near the Orchid Pavilion at the foot of Mt. Hui-chi.

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AMICA ID: MIA_.92.103.13
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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