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Rock Mountain

Asian Art

On View: Great Hall, 1st Floor
Since antiquity, Chinese intellectuals have sought solace and inspiration in nature. Because routine obligations kept most scholars from taking daily hikes through the wilderness, many collected objects that could evoke, from home, the grandeur and spirituality of the mountains. Unusually shaped rocks, eroded by the elements and sometimes enhanced by human hands, were a popular addition to desks and gardens. One could imagine oneself as a tiny traveler wandering over the rugged terrain of the rocks’ surfaces and up to their remote peaks.
MEDIUM Steatite with dark wood stand
DATES 17th-18th century
DYNASTY Late Ming Dynasty or early Qing Dynasty
PERIOD Ming Dynasty
DIMENSIONS 15 3/4 x 10 x 7 in. (40 x 25.4 x 17.8 cm) Height with stand: 17 3/4 in. (45.1 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
CREDIT LINE Designated Purchase Fund
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CAPTION Rock Mountain, 17th-18th century. Steatite with dark wood stand, 15 3/4 x 10 x 7 in. (40 x 25.4 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 86.5. Creative Commons-BY
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Rock Mountain