Carving: Two Fishermen


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Carving: Two Fishermen   (1999.13.0021)
  1. Communication Artifacts
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  3. Art
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Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Late 18th - 19th century
Culture Chinese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Width) 23.5 cm
Dimension 2 (Height) 7.1 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 6.9 cm
Weight 188 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Bamboo
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information Dark Grayish Reddish Brown (2.5YR 2/2) -Lower part of large male figure. Dark Reddish Brown (2.5YR 2/4) -Underside of boat. Dark Reddish Brown (10R 2/4) -Head of fish.

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A

"A finely carved and detailed Chinses bamboo waterscape, featuring boat with fisherman, the underside uniquely carved with waves, late 18th/19th C., 9 1/2" long.

This depiction shows part of the daily life of maritime workers (fishermen) in the area of Fukien (coastal).

Bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea) is the most difficult wood to carve. It is as hard as horn although it is hollow and segmented. It is lustrous and ranges in hue from lemon yellow to black, with warm tones in cherry red, tortoise-shell, mahogany, as well as variegated hues. Bamboo represents longevity because it flourishes throughout the winter. It is highly prized." - 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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