Bird and Bamboo / Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Callilgraphy and Painting; 十竹齋書畫譜; Shizhuzhai shuhua pu
- Bird and Bamboo
- Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Callilgraphy and Painting; 十竹齋書畫譜; Shizhuzhai shuhua pu
Multicoloured woodblock print on paper
A deptiction of a bird preening on a rock
- 1633 (circa)
- Printed in: Nanjing
- (Asia,China,Jiangsu (province),Nanjing)
- Found/Acquired: China
- Width: 25.4 Missing value
- Height: 27.2 Missing value
Inscription Typeseal impression
Inscription Commentseal of Ling Wuyun (Ling Yunhan)
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
2012 5th May -29th July, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘The Printed Image in China’
- Associated with: Ten Bamboo Studio
- (Asia,China,Jiangsu (province),Nanjing,Ten Bamboo Studio)
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