Unknown Artist

Square qingtian stone seal with animal

Location
Not on display
Further information

The four characters phrase comes from the famous Lantingji Xu 【《蘭亭集序》, 'Preface to the Poems Collected from the Orchid Pavilion'). It is a piece of Chinese calligraphy work generally considered to be written by the well-known calligrapher Wang Xizhi (303 – 361) from the East Jin Dynasty (317 – 420). The section containing these four characters reads: 所以遊目騁懷,足以極視聽之娛,信可樂也 (our eyes wander, so do our minds too. Indeed, it is a pure delight for all our senses.

Place of origin
China
Media
Sculpture
Medium
carved qingtian stone
Dimensions
2.5 x 2.1 x 2.1 cm (irreg.)
Credit
Gift of Dr John Yu in memory of Dr George Soutter 2020
Accession number
44.2020