17 March 2016
A BAMBOO SEAL POSITIONER
DATED BY INSCRIPTION TO JIAWU YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1954
Of L-shape, the positioner is carved with archaistic inscriptions followed by a seal, Liyuan, on the vertical side, and a dated inscription corresponding to 1954 and dedicated to Weigong, followed by a seal, Mutang wu shi er ('Mutang [at age] 52'). Together with a soapstone rectangular seal carved with a continuous landscape scene on all four sides, and a four-character seal face, yu lu chuan jia ('pass on through the generations with great respect').
Seal positioner: 2 ¼ in. (5.7 cm.) long; seal: 3 1/8 in. (7.8 cm.) high
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Mutang was the sobriquet of Feng Liyuan (1902-1970), a modern Suzhou epigraphist best known for his bamboo carving.
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