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MT-DW-28
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This small oval vase was carved from one piece of amber which is not easy to treat and requires special manual abilities from the person who carves it. The small oval vase is flat and narrow in the upper part. A relief decoration from the front presents an old man – Ts’ai Lun, who holds a scroll. Around him there are lotus flowers and probably motives of engraved clouds or waves. On a belt which runs around the vase neck, as well as on the belt, which runs around the lower part of the vase is a motive of repeated meander. The vase stands on a wooden, oval base decorated with open-work. The material of which the vase is made gives it a warm color especially when the object is lighted. The realization is very precise.

History of the Object
Stone carving techniques (especially jade, jadeite, agate etc.) and workmanship improved constantly, especially during the period from the Tang Dynasty to the Song and the period when China was under the reign of the Ming and Qing dynasties. 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
Amber, relief, engraving 
Measurements
14,5x10,5x4,5 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; Ming Dynasty; first half of XVII Century 
Function
decorative 
Acquisition
This object derived 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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