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Bird and Bamboo / Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Callilgraphy and Painting; 十竹齋書畫譜; Shizhuzhai shuhua pu

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1930,1015,0.6

  • Title (object)

    • Bird and Bamboo

    Title (series)

    • Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Callilgraphy and Painting; 十竹齋書畫譜; Shizhuzhai shuhua pu
  • Description

    Multicoloured woodblock print on paper
    A deptiction of a bird preening on a rock

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1633 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 25.4 Missing value
    • Height: 27.2 Missing value
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        seal impression
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        五雲
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Wuyun
      • Inscription Comment

        seal of Ling Wuyun (Ling Yunhan)
  • Curator's comments

    This album leaf is from the Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Calligraphy and Painting, one of the earliest picture collections in China to be printed in colour, and the first that successfully imitated the art of the brush. The manual is named after the Ten Bamboo Studio in Nanjing, the residence of the scholar Hu Zhengyan (1584–1674). Hu compiled calligraphy and paintings of past and contemporary scholar-artists and entrusted a team of skilled artisans with the carving and printing of these images in eight volumes. The page is among a group of prints in the British Museum that are considered to be among the earliest and finest imprints of existing versions from the original blocks.

    Published: Tschichold (1970), pl.21

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  • Bibliography

    • von Spee 2010 cat. no. 11 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    2012 5th May -29th July, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘The Printed Image in China’

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1930

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1930,1015,0.6

Woodcut. General subject - flower, bird. Bird and bamboo. Printed in colour on paper.

Woodcut. General subject - flower, bird. Bird and bamboo. Printed in colour on paper.

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