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    Sale 11929

    The Ian and Susan Wilson Collection of Scholar's Objects

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1118

    A LARGE BAMBOO ROOT SEAL

    18TH-19TH CENTURY

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    A LARGE BAMBOO ROOT SEAL
    18TH-19TH CENTURY
    The naturally formed seal is of irregular shape with protrusions, striations and nodules. The seal-face is carved with a phrase from the The Chinese Code of Success: Maxims by Zhuzi, which may be translated as 'even though the coming generations are of lesser intellect, it is indispensible [for them] to study'.
    5 ½ in. (14 cm.) high


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    The text of the inscription comes from an article written by Zhu Bolu (Zhuzi [1627-1698]), a Ming dynasty scholar. It was meant as an instruction to his own descendants, but has become a guide for later generations of Chinese for conduct in their homes, at the workplace, and in society.

    Provenance

    By repute: David Kidd (1926-1996) Collection, Japan.