- Museum number
- Object: Antiquities; 古玩圖; Guwan tu
Multi-colour woodblock print in ink on paper
Objects in this print include a yellow Buddha’s hand fruit in the foreground, a flower vase, a seal, a painted scroll and a square bronze vessel.
- Production date
- c. 1735-c. 1750
Height: 37.50 centimetres (Royal mount)
Width: 30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Objects shown in the print are either desirable for collectors or carry an auspicious meaning. The Buddha’s hand fruit is a strongly scented, inedible citrus fruit, used as a New Year offering, as it was believed to bring good fortune to the household. The depiction of precious metal and stone objects implies the wish for a long life.
Luk Yu-ping 17/08/17:
Anne Farrer dates the Ding prints to 1735-50. Previously dated to 17th century, then changed to 1700-1750 in 'The Printed Image in China'.
Woodblock print of Chinese 17th-century collections
This shows a group of copies of ancient Chinese bronzes which includes a fang ding similar to registration no. 1988,0518.1. The flowers depicted with the bronzes suggest a setting in a private house.
This print illustrates the depth of interest in collecting during the seventeenth century and may have served to attract aspiring collectors. The idea of representing groups of antiquities and other collectors' items in prints dates back to the first half of seventeenth century, when such arrangements of objects are found on decorated colour-printed letter-papers which were produced as books for the collector's shelf.
See also registration no. 1928,0323.36.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010 May-Sep, BM, Dept of Asia, The Printed Image in China
2012 5th May -29th July, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘The Printed Image in China’
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Library where this print formed part of Sloane manuscript 5252.
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: B.22
Miscellaneous number: SL.5252