Rootwood Sculpture: Pomegranate


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Rootwood Sculpture: Pomegranate   (1999.13.0011)
  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 century
Culture Chinese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 22.8 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 20.8 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 16.9 cm
Weight 1063 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Wood, Metal
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information Dark Grayish Reddish Brown (2.5YR 2/2) -Lighter (top) portion. Dark Grayish Brown (5YR 2/2) -Crown-shaped top. Reddish Black (5R 2/1) -Base.

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A

"An 18th century Chinese rootwood sculpture in grotesque form which resembles a pomegranate amidst gnarled and twisted root 10 1/2"H x 9"W.

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 Dynasty. Rootwood have always been regarded as "sculpture" with each piece being unique in form." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999

Comparanda N/A
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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