An image of Rectangular Qingtian stone seal with animal finial

attrib. Lou Xinhu

(China 1881 – 1950)

Rectangular Qingtian stone seal with animal finial

Location
Not on display
Further information

The phrase composed of the four characters "Mo Hua Zuo Ban" [here "mo" is used as "mei" (plum blossom) comes from Southern Song dyansty poet Lu You (1125-1210)'s poem "Four poems on seeking plum bloossom in the south"of the city «城南寻梅得句四首»:“黯淡江天雪欲飞,竹篱数掩傍苔矶。清愁满眼无人说,折得梅花作伴归。It means to have plum blossom as companion, and depictes a lonely but noble-minded sentiment

The side inscriptions contain the name of Xin Hu, one of the many names of the name of Lou Cun, 楼邨, (1881—-1950),a native of Junyun of Zhejiang province in China. He was a close friend of master Wu Changshuo who gave Lou this name whose pronounciation is very close to Xin Wu (新吳) meaning "new me".

Place of origin
China
Cultural origin
China
Year
1900
Media
Sculpture
Medium
carved Qingtian stone
Dimensions
8.4 x 3.3 x 2.2 cm (irreg.)
Credit
Gift of Dr John Yu in memory of Dr George Soutter 2020
Accession number
34.2020