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CARVING, CROUCHING PIG
ASIAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
 
Catalog No: 70.3/ 3481
Country: CHINA
Material: JADE (GREY, BLACK)
Dimensions: L:10.5 W:2.5 H:3.3 (in CM)
Acquisition Year: 1961 [TRANSFER]
Donor: DRUMMOND, I.W., DR.
Keywords: CARVING
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This Zhenzhi or paperweight is made of jade and would have been used to hold down the thin and light Chinese art paper used for brushing calligraphy or Chinese painting. This weight, in the shape of a pig, might have been given to commemorate the year of the pig in a the twelve year cycle of the lunar calendar or used by a painter or calligrapher who had been born in the year of the pig.
Exhibition History:
OUR SENSES: AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE AMNH, NEW YORK, NY. November 2017 - January 2019
Exhibition Label: [WATER ELEMENT] Jade pig paperweight. This jade paperweight was used to secure the delicate paper used in Chinese painting and calligraphy. The domestic pig, the year of the boar and its associated constellation are all linked to the element water.


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