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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: bamboo
Date: undated
Dimensions: length: 23.5 cm, width: 6.8 cm, thickness: 0.7 cm

Item used in the Qing court The wrist rest is in the form a of traditional tile. The artist used the "skin-leaving method" to create landscape and figures on the surface. The lower part depicts the sea and a cliff with a strong pine. On the top, a craggy cliff is seemingly suspended in the air. Four legendary figures are variously flying supported by clouds, sitting under the tree, or floating on the sea. The composition is full of lively details. Excelling at the "skin-leaving method," the artist removed the bamboo surface to various depths to create different tones of color in the design, and combined diverse carving techniques to create an impression of elaborate realism. This object exemplifies the "skin-leaving method" that was reached great sophistication at that time.

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