Brush Holder with Travelers in Mountain Landscape (Translation)
竹雕行旅圖筆筒 沈兼 清初 (Primary Title)

Shen Jian, Chinese, 1617 - 1675 (Artist)

Educational
mid-17th century
Chinese
Tools, Equipment, Utensils
Woodwork
Bamboo
China
Overall: 5 7/8 × 5 × 4 3/4 in. (14.92 × 12.7 × 12.07 cm)
2008.151
Made from a section of bamboo, this brush holder depicts mountain travelers surrounded by ancient pine trees. The signature is that of Shen Jian, a master of the style of bamboo carving from Jiading, near today’s Shanghai. The holder’s dynamic composition and intricate, layered details carved in high relief are characteristic of the Jiading school.
Jiading School
Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Artist's name carved, exterior wall: 兩之 Liangzhi
Collector's mark, carved underside: 門生徐鼎 Mensheng Xu Ding
Gift of John C. Maxwell, Jr. and Adrienne L. Maxwell
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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