Rootwood Sculpture


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Rootwood Sculpture   (1999.13.0009)
  1. Communication Artifacts
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  3. Art
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Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 18th - 19th century
Culture Chinese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 17.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 12.6 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 7.0 cm
Weight 288 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Wood
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information Dark Reddish Brown (2.5YR 2/4) -Bottom portion. Dark Grayish Reddish Brown (2.5YR 2/2) -Top "knob"(left).

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A

"A rare Chinese rootwood sculpture of grotesque form, 18th/19th century, 7 1/2" H.

Rootwood was especially appealing to scholars because of its often eccentric shapes and movements which enabled the mind to form various interpretations of its pictorial possibilities. Rootwood sculptures and furniture have been collected by Chinese collectors as early as the Song (Sung) Dynasty as viewed in the works of the Song artist Zhou Wenjjin. Zhou Wenjjin painted a scholar seated in a rootwood chair, c. 960. There is another famous scroll by Zhao Lin (1342-1375) of the collector Xiang Yuanbian, portrayed with his roowood. Rootwood have always regarded as "sculpture" with each piece being unique in form." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999

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Bibliography N/A

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Fred A. Freund Collection
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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