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Jade figure of a miniature mountain with two buildings, sages and a group of boys depicted.
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Height: 15.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Small representations of mountains signified the retreat of the scholar from official life and offered the alternatives of a hermit's existence or of individual expression in the face of strong government bureaucracy. Such mountains were also seen as a route to paradise. But the paradise beyond is not an outworldly paradise filled with angels, as described in the Western world; it is a land with a calmer, better life, a more archaich version of the present life. Daoism viewed the natural world, especially mountains, as the home of immortals. See also BM 1943.0215.30, BM 1991.1028.2 and BM 1889.0306.4.
This small mountain-like jade is a three-dimensional carving of a landscape image shown in a woodblock illustration based on Dong Yuan (fl. mid-10th century AD) from the 'Wuyan Tangshi Huapu' (one of the parts of the 'Jiyazhai huapu').
- On display (G33/dc36b/s1)
- Exhibition history
2006 22 May-3 Sept, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, 'Art at the Rockface'
2006-2007 23 Sept-7 Jan, Sheffield, Millennium Galleries, 'Art at the Rockface'
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