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A PAIR OF CHICKEN BLOOD SOAPSTONE SEALS
A PAIR OF CHICKEN BLOOD SOAPSTONE SEALS
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A PAIR OF CHICKEN BLOOD SOAPSTONE SEALS

QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)

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A PAIR OF CHICKEN BLOOD SOAPSTONE SEALS
QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)
Both with irregular rounded tops, the greyish-caramel tone suffused with brilliant crimson-red inclusions; one seal face is carved in relief with a five-character inscription from a poem by Xie Lingyun (385-433) reading youdu lai qinming, ‘drawn to the sound of qin in solitude’, the other with a five-character inscription in intaglio from another poem by the same poet reading shangshui han qinghui, ‘clarity of light amid the landscapes’.
2 5⁄8 in. (6.7 cm.) high, Japanese wood box
Exhibited
Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, Kumamoto, Koga na bunjin no sekai : Min Shin no kaiga to shoseki bunbogu I (The Exhibition of Hosokawa Morisada Collection), 9 October-8 November 1992, Catalogue no. 77

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