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Two women and a child in a garden
MT-DW-31
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a very beautiful small sculpture of three persons: two women and a child. The most striking thing is its simplicity of composition and symbolic expression. The faces of all three figures are directed to the viewer, though the rest of their bodies are grasped in profile. This entire group is put on a wooden base. On the right-hand side, a woman is sitting on a barrel stool. She is holding an object in her left hand; the right hand is touching the arm of the middle figure who is standing and holding a branch with leafs. On the left-hand side there is a small child standing and is probably holding a scroll.

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 Two Women and a Child in a Garden 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 object was probably destined for display in the home and may have been part of a collection.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Jade 
Measurements
18, 2 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
17th Century - 18th Century; Qing Dynasty, Kangxi reign 1662 - 1722 
Function
Decorative 
Acquisition
This object derived from a large collection of the famous Polish collector Tadeusz Wierzejski (1892 – 1974) who was a historian of art and an antiquarian. Wierzejski handed down this sculpture to the museum in 1966. 
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Owner
District Museum, Torun 
Museum
District Museum, Torun 
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