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Brushpot with decoration of figures in landscape and inscribed poem

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Poem with reference to the Huanghelou of Dongting Lake


Marked with artist's signature: Zhang Xihuang; and artist's seal: Zhang Zonglue yin 張希黃; 張宗略印


By 1935, Sir Percival David, 2d. Bt. (b. 1892 - d. 1964), London [see note 1]; probably by descent to his widow; December 14, 1976, anonymous ("property of a lady") sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 230, sold. 1977, sold by Bluett and Sons, Ltd., London, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977) NOTES: [1] Lent to the "International Exhibition of Chinese Art" (Royal Academy, London, 1935-1936), no. 2944 and to "The Arts of the Ming Dynasty" (Detroit Institute of Arts, 1957), no. 382.

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Marshall H. Gould Fund and partial gift of Judge and Mrs. Matthew Brown in memory of their son Ronald Goodrich Brown

Chinese, Ming dynasty, early 17th century


13.02 cm (5 1/8 in.)

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Bamboo, carved in the liuqing ("reserve green") technique




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