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Snuff bottle with inscribed poem about Hanshan and Shide

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Snuff bottle with inscribed poem about Hanshan and Shide


Lapis lazuli was an expensive and versatile mineral. Finely ground, it was used as painting pigment. On one side, this piece has a subtly carved waterfall and figure standing beneath a pine tree. On the other side is a poem about the semi-legendary recluse-poet Hanshan (Cold Mountain) and his monk companion, Shide.
Lapis lazuli
2 5/16 x 13/16 x 2 in. (5.9 x 2 x 5.1 cm)
Overall h.: 2 13/16 in.
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Now on view at the Asian Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Boundless: Stories of Asian Art, Feb. 8, 2020 - ongoing.

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