Friday, January 23, 2015

Penjing Museum, Tiger Hill, Suzhou

Another post about my visit to Tiger Hill, which took place this time last year. One of the traditional buildings at the Tiger Hill Penjing Garden was a penjing museum. All information there was in Chinese, so I concentrated on examining antique containers displayed there. Images below show some of them.

Below is the legend to the images above:

A – Blue and white porcelain, size 41 x 27 x 15 cm, late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).
B – Coarse clay container, size 37 x 55 x 18 cm, Ming (1368–1644) or early Qing Dynasty.
C – River clay container, 49 x 25 x 15 cm, mid Qing Dynasty.
D – Yuxing ‘purple sand’ ware with landscape painted in black pigment, size 48 x 32 x 18 cm, late Qing Dynasty.
E – No information, probably Yuxing ware, unusual form and decoration.
F – Yuxing ‘purple sand’ ware with painting and calligraphy, possibly by artist Lu Hui Li (1851-1920), size 24 x 24 x 36 cm.
G – Yellow clay container, probably Yuxing ware, size 18 x 15.8 cm, late Qing Dynasty.
H – Yuxing ‘purple sand’ ware, unusual bucket-shaped container, size 20 x 20 x 18.5 cm, mid Qing Dynasty (displayed as a photograph).
I – Container with ink painting style decoration, size 26.5 x 16.5 x 14 cm, mid Qing Dynasty (displayed as a photograph).

Apart from that, an antique penjing tool displayed there made me realize how basic the tools were in the olden days (see images below).

I don't visit penjing museums very often, so it was fun.

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