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"Nowhere is there the sound of the human voice, but there is the sound amidst the trees" from Sounds of Autumn (Qiu sheng fu) the most celebrated 11th century ess.ay on autumn written by the Song historian and statesman Ouyang Xiu (1001-1072) 四無人聲,聲在樹間


Square seal mark: Qianli (Jiang Qianli) 千里


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Chinese, Qing dynasty, 18th century

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H. 0.8 x W. 11.3 x L. 11.3 cm (5/16 x 4 7/16 x 4 7/16 in.)

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Black lacquered wood with inlaid mother-of-pearl, brass, silver and pewter foil inlay




Lacquer works