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Miniature Table Screen

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
A miniature table screen was one of the most important objects in a scholar’s studio, either placed on the painting table for decorative purposes or, if larger, in front of a window to shield the desk from breezes. On the reverse (see below) in the top corner of the landscape is a roundel with the hare in the moon, pounding the elixir of immortality, a reference popular in earlier Han-dynasty iconography.
MEDIUM Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy, inset carved jade panel and wooden stand
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 1736-1795
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Yuan Dynasty (jade); Qianlong Period (screen)
    DIMENSIONS 7 1/8 x 6 x 2 1/2 in. (18.1 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 35.1078a-b
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Samuel P. Avery
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Miniature Table Screen, 1736-1795. Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy, inset carved jade panel and wooden stand, 7 1/8 x 6 x 2 1/2 in. (18.1 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 35.1078a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 35.1078a_front_PS9.jpg)
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     <em>Miniature Table Screen</em>, 1736-1795. Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy, inset carved jade panel and wooden stand, 7 1/8 x 6 x 2 1/2 in. (18.1 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 35.1078a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 35.1078a_front_PS9.jpg)