Scepter (Gui) with Miscellaneous Poems by Tao Qian (AD 365-427)

Scepter (Gui) with Miscellaneous Poems by Tao Qian (AD 365-427)

1122 or later

Translucent white jade

Overall: 2.8 x 0.3 cm (1 1/8 x 1/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. John Lyon Collyer in memory of her mother, Mrs. G. M. G. Forman 1960.278

Description

This piece derives its shape from the ancient jade scepter known as gui. On both sides of the jade surfaces are the inscribed texts "Miscellaneous Five-Character Poems by the Jin Poet Tao Qian" engraved in minuscule characters, with a reference indicating that the piece was made by the jade workshop of the Xiuneisi Office in 1122 of the Xuanhe reign. This Northern Song attribution is, nevertheless, questionable.

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