1. A set of four wall screens
Late Qing Dynasty
Dali marble-inset and Jumu wood
107 x 33 cm
The vertical panels are inset with different auspicious symbols in Dali marble (a bowl of rice, a round shape for the heaven, a bronze vessel, a bowl with cover, a square shape for the earth, a banana leaf)
The natural markings of the stone are evocative of a Chinese landscape painting. These 'stone paintings' were displayed in scholars' studios and gardens, they could be presented as large screens or table screens or, as in this case, as panels to be hung on the wall.
Hanging wall screens inset with Dali marble plaques like the present examples became popular during the late Ming and Qing dynasties.
Compare with the similar set of four panels on view in the Astor Court in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Detail: Wall Panel #1
Detail: Wall Panel #2