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Table Screen

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3001, Table Screen, Qing Dynasty; 19th century

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Chinese
Material: Wood and jade
Dimensions: Screen: 7 5/8 x 5 x 1 in. 19.5 x 12.6 x 2.5 cm.

This wooden screen, decorated with floral openwork and a white jade figure of a scholar, would have been placed on a scholar’s desk, along with ornamental writing objects such as brushes, ink blocks and brush rests. Such screens were often carved with landscapes or foliage in order to allow the scholar, in a Daoist mindset, to contemplate the simplicity of the natural world. Similarly, the scholar’s desk ideally would be placed by a window looking out to a garden, which like the screen, would create a miniature version of nature.

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