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Scepter (Gui) with Miscellaneous Poems by Tao Qian (AD 365-427)

Scepter (Gui) with Miscellaneous Poems by Tao Qian (AD 365-427)

1122 or later
(1644-1911), Qianlong period (1736-1795)
Overall: 2.8 x 0.3 cm (1 1/8 x 1/8 in.)


This piece derives its shape from the ancient jade scepter known as gui. On both sides of the jade surfaces are the inscribed texts "Miscellaneous Five-Character Poems by the Jin Poet Tao Qian" engraved in minuscule characters, with a reference indicating that the piece was made by the jade workshop of the Xiuneisi Office in 1122 of the Xuanhe reign. This Northern Song attribution is, nevertheless, questionable.
  • Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, Asia House Gallery 10/9/1980; The Detroit Institute of Arts 1/12-2/22/1981; Seattle Art Museum 3/26-5/10/1981; Honolulu Academy of Arts 5/17-9/13/1981. Catalogue by James C. Y. Watt (Asia Society/John Weatherhill, Inc. 1980) cat. no. 121
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