The Bronze Stove of the Qi’an Palace

Artist: Zhai Yunsheng (1776-1860)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Early-mid 19th century
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
H x W (image): 128.8 x 32.1 cm (50 11/16 x 12 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

China, clerical script, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), Robert Hatfield Ellsworth collection, seal script
Provenance research underway.

This transcription refers to a bronze incense burner made in 58 B.C.E., with its size, weight, maker, and serial number all specifically stated. Some of the thirty-seven characters are clearly written in seal script, but most are rendered in clerical script, which is recognized by the horizontal and slant strokes that end with a heavy downsweep. Together they provide a fine example of the stylistic transition from seal to clerical scripts.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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