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The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting

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  • Description

    This is the title page of The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting, compiled by Wang Gai in conjunction with Wang Shi, Wang Nie, and Zhu Sheng. It is volume one of three volumes remaining from a five-volume Qing dynasty (1645-1911) edition. Title pages were often placed on top of books outside booksellers’ shops to attract attention to the publication below. The backgrounds were sometimes therefore brightly coloured. Other editions in the Bodleian Library collection have yellow title pages.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (probable place of publication)
    Qing Dynasty (1645 - 1911)
    after Wang Gai (1645 - 1707) (designer)
    Material and technique
    print; bound
    closed 26.5 x 16.1 x 0.8 cm (height x width x depth)
    double page 26.2 x 29.8 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Lent by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 28 February-19 May 2013, Xu Bing Landscape/Landscript: Nature as Language in the Art of Xu Bing, Shelagh Vainker, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 80 on p. 163, p. 151, illus. p. 163 fig. 80

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