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Armrest: Gathering of Literati

Location

CHINA

Era

Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Title

Armrest: Gathering of Literati

Date

18th c.

Materials

Ivory

Dimensions

26.5 x 7.1 cm

Credits

Gift of F. Gerald Robinson, inv. 1962.Ed.1

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

This armrest was used by a member of the literati to support the arm when painting or writing. While the choice of ivory makes reference to the power of exotica, its shape, mimicking bamboo, associates that plant’s traditional meanings of resilience and honesty with the literati.

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