attrib. Wu Rangzhi (Xizai)

(China 1799 – 1870)

Square Shoushan stone seal with animal finial

Location
Not on display
Further information

The phrase composed of six characters "tao chan zhu shi zhi jian" was often used by seal carvers of the Ming and Qing dynasties to express the lofty sentiment. It is said that Qing dynasty's literati artist Deng Shiru, 邓石如(1743—1805), once put a seal stone on the fire before caving it. When it is taken out of the fire, the cracks on the stone reminded him the scene of Su Dongpo boating on the river at Chibi (Red Cliff), therefore he carved a sentence from Su Dongpo's famous Ode on the Red Cliff.

Rangzhi is likely refered to Wu Rangzhi (1799-1870), famous seal caver and calligrapher of Qing dynasty, native of Yizheng of Jiangsu province.

Place of origin
China
Cultural origin
China
Year
20th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
carved Shoushan stone
Dimensions
7.5 x 3.6 x 3.5 cm (irreg.)
Credit
Gift of Dr John Yu in memory of Dr George Soutter 2020
Accession number
53.2020