Inkstone with a Design of Plum Blossoms and Inscription by Wu Changshi
On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
The calligrapher, seal carver, and painter Wu Changshi is recognized for his skill in developing unique calligraphic styles by integrating past scripts and styles and for applying elements of the calligraphic tradition to his paintings. His plum blossoms often represent a convergence of the calligraphic and the pictorial. Here the engraved inscription and carved design of a flowering plum blossom share a common seal script heritage through the emphasis on a strong linear component. The inscription reads, "The words and fate of a gentleman are like those of a king."
1 1/4 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (3.2 x 19.7 x 19.7 cm) (show scale)
On the back of the stone is an inscription of seven characters in large seal script reading "Yan ming jun zi qi ru wang" followed by the artist's signature and the date in small characters, reading "Yi you er yue jiu ri / Changshi Wu Jun" (Yi you year, i. e. 1909, 2nd month, 9th day, Wu Changshi)
Purchased with funds given by Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Dickes and Roger and Carolyn in memory of Jeffrey Frank Wacks and Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund
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Wu Changshuo (Chinese, 1844-1927). Inkstone with a Design of Plum Blossoms and Inscription by Wu Changshi, 1909. Stone relief, 1 1/4 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (3.2 x 19.7 x 19.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Dickes and Roger and Carolyn in memory of Jeffrey Frank Wacks and Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund, 1996.119. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 1996.119_front_PS9.jpg)
front, 1996.119_front_PS9.jpg., 2019
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A Chinese scholar's inkstone roughly oval in shape, of stone type to be determined, varying in color from a deep red-green to gray-green with occasional veins of warm white, the inkstone formed from a section of a natural boulder, retaining in general the contour of the original stone as the shape of the inkstone. The ink grinding surface has an oval reservoir at the top, the surface surrounded by a slightly raised ridge and sloping almost imperceptibly to the center.
On the back of the stone is a design of flowering plum blossoms and an inscription of seven characters of large seal script reading 'Yan ming junzi qi ru wang' followed by the artist's signature and date in small characters, reading ' Yiyou eryue jiuri/ Changshi Wu Jun'
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