Brush Holder with Travelers in Mountain Landscape (Translation)
竹雕行旅圖筆筒 沈兼 清初 (Primary Title)

Shen Jian, Chinese, 1617 - 1675 (Artist)

mid–17th century
Tools, Equipment, Utensils
Overall: 5 7/8 × 5 × 4 3/4 in. (14.92 × 12.7 × 12.07 cm)
Not on view
Made from a section of bamboo, this brush holder depicts mountain travelers surrounded by ancient pine trees. The signature is that of Shen Jian, a master of the style of bamboo carving from Jiading, near today’s Shanghai. The holder’s dynamic composition and intricate, layered details carved in high relief are characteristic of the Jiading school.
Jiading School
Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Artist's name, carved, exterior wall: 兩之 Liangzhi; Collector's mark, carved, underside: 門主印鼎 Menzhu yinding
Gift of John C. Maxwell, Jr. and Adrienne L. Maxwell
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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