Miniature Table Screen
On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
Although an early Ming dynasty critical text, the Ge gu yao fun (The Essential Criteria of Antiquities), which sought to define proper scholarly taste, condemned cloisonné enamels as gaudy things appropriate only in a woman's room, there are small enamel objects that are appropriate for a scholar's table. The Miniature Table Screen, which has a carved jade panel on the front and a night scene on the back, would have been used to set off a table top as a special space, fit for painting or calligraphy.
Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy, inset carved jade panel and wooden stand
Yuan Dynasty (jade); Qianlong Period (screen)
7 1/8 x 6 x 2 1/2 in. (18.1 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Samuel P. Avery
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Miniature Table Screen, 1736-1795. Cloisonne enamel on copper alloy, inset carved jade panel and wooden stand, 7 1/8 x 6 x 2 1/2 in. (18.1 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 35.1078a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 35.1078a_front_PS9.jpg)
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