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A typically curved bamboo wrist rest deeply incised with four lines of a calligraphy poem composed by Su Ziqing 蘇子卿 from the Chen dynasty (557-589) of the period of Northern and Southern dynasties (420-589), with three seals, one on the upper right read as 日三斗文章 Ri Sandou Wenzhang, and two on the lower left read as 元常 Yuanchang (upper) and Woyun (lower). The reverse finished with a chamfered edge to the long sides with a foot to each corner.

Qing dynasty, 19th century.

Provenance:

Private collection, San Francisco.

 

The poem,

In the middle of courtyard stands a plum tree,

With its leaves not yet budded due to the coldness.

I mistook the blossoms for snowflakes,

For I did not notice their fragrant scent.

The spring in the Upper Arrondissment always comes late.

[Ascending onto] the high-rise pavilion one easily feels the elapse of time.

[The wife] wove verses on tapestry with deliberate design,

Which impelled [the husband] to uncover the hidden palindrome.

 

Dimensions

length 21.9 cm

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Stock number

1117-02

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