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Studio of Mirror-like Waters

This ink tablet is from a sixty-four-tablet set (30.76.216–.279) commissioned by the Jiaqing emperor from the Studio for Appreciating the Antique (Jiangu Zhai) manufactory of the Wang Jinsheng family in Huizhou, Anhui Province. Each ink tablet commemorates a hall or pavilion in one of the imperial gardens. Each site’s name is written in gilt characters on one side; a view of the site is presented on the other. Such inks were purely decorative and not intended for use.

Credit: Rogers Fund, 1930...

Late 19th-early 20th century
Pine soot and binding medium; inscribed in gilt
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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