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A figure of a woman with a lute.
MT-DW-329
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a figurine of a lady with a lute made of steatite. She stands on a round base in a pose of dignity. With both her hands, the lady holds a lute. She is wearing a long upper cloth with wide sleeves, and a long downer robe, which makes her silhouette look very slender. The impression of her slimness is strengthened by her hairstyle which is formed in a very high style.

History of the Object
Qing jades are usually of fine material and technically advanced workmanship. Qing jade figures became increasingly ornamental and were displayed in households in the same way as ceramic vases, but the notion that jade was an auspicious stone never changed. The value of that small sculpture of the Lady with a Lute was especially precious just because the jade was a more precious material then others, and the labour required was much more specialized and intensive. The above object was probably destined for display in the home. It may have been part of a collection.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Steatite 
Measurements
22,8x5,9x4,2 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; Qing Dynasty 
Function
Decorative 
Acquisition
This object derives from a large collection of the famous Polish collector, Tadeusz Wierzejski (1892 – 1974) who handed down this ceramic to the museum in 1966. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
District Museum, Torun 
Museum
District Museum, Torun 
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