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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1981.206
Title
Scholar's Rock
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture
Date
probably 18th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Guangdong province, Yingde
Period
Qing dynasty, 1644-1911
Culture
Chinese
Location
Level 2, Room 2620, East Asian Art
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ying stone: black limestone with veins of white calcite. From Yingde, Guangdong province.
Dimensions
rock: H. 66 x W. 35 cm (26 x 13 3/4 in.)
rock with base: H. 76.9 x W. 35 x D. 20.5 cm (30 1/4 x 13 3/4 x 8 1/16 in.)
Provenance
Mrs. Stanley Marcus, Dallas, TX (by 1981), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1981.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Marcus
Accession Year
1981
Object Number
1981.206
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Label Text: Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Paintings from China, Korea, and Japan , written 2000
To the Chinese, collectible rocks fall into two categories: garden rocks and scholars’ rocks. As the name implies, garden rocks (such as those in the alcove in the previous gallery) are set in gardens, where they are often grouped together to suggest a series of mountain peaks. Scholars’ rocks, by contrast, are typically displayed indoors on a desk or table; small ones sometimes served as brushrests or inkstones, while all served as vehicles for contemplation. Scholars’ rocks are regarded as “stand-alone” items, meaning that they are shown individually and are typically presented on a carved wooden base, like a fine bronze or porcelain. Often streaked with white or buff, Ying rocks are typically black or slate gray in color, and they characteristically exhibit the “bubbled” surface texture that is such a prominent feature of this handsome rock.

Publication History

Alan Govenar and Don Ed Hardy, Ed Hardy: Beyond Skin, teNeues Publishing Company (New York, NY, 2009), p. 176, ill.

Exhibition History

Chinese and Japanese Painting of the Early Modern Era, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/27/1993 - 07/04/1993

East Asia in the Nineteenth Century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 03/05/1994 - 08/21/1994

Rocks, Mountains, Landscapes, and Gardens: The Essence of East Asian Painting (1997), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/15/1997 - 09/21/1997

Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Paintings from China, Korea, and Japan, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/25/2000 - 08/26/2001

Rocks, Mountains, Landscapes and Gardens: The Essence of East Asian Painting ('04), Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 01/31/2004 - 08/01/2004

32Q: 2620 Winter Garden, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014

Subjects and Contexts

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