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The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting

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  • Description

    This is the second of three surviving volumes from a five volume Qing dynasty (1645-1911) edition of The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting. This particular opening illustrates the method for painting reeds and rushes. These reeds appear in the opening section of Xu Bing’s scroll. He has reproduced only the first four characters of the text, which discusses the role of reeds and rushes in paintings of fishing and fishermen.

  • 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 28.2 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. 81 on p. 164, pp. 151, 165, illus. p. 164 fig. 81

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