Nov 7, 2018
Nov 7, 2018
Nov 7, 2018

Kneeling Boy

Kneeling Boy

1500s

China, Ming dynasty

(1368–1644)

Ivory

Overall: 11 cm (4 5/16 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. Severance A. Millikin 1989.329

Location

Description

In the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), luxury items became more affordable to larger parts of the society, including women, merchants, and literati in non-official positions. Imperial patronage and a growing urban population encouraged consumption of luxury goods and local craftmanship. This ivory illustrates the superb carving skills and the creative mind of the skilled artisan who sought clients on a competitive market.

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Ivory
Medium: 
Ivory

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