Three Buddha's Hand Fruits

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    A strongly scented, decorative, inedible member of the citrus family, the Buddha’s hand fruit (fo- shou) was a New Year offering to the household gods. This impression shows remarkably fresh colours, finely cut white dimples and a masterly gradation of ink hues. The album leaf is from Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Calligraphy and Painting, the earliest picture collection in China to be printed in colour and the first to include isolated illustrations of subject matter from nature, such as plants, fruits, rocks, flowers and birds. The Ten Bamboo Studio was the name of the residence of Hu Zhengyan (1584- -1674) in Nanjing. Hu was an accomplished scholar in ink and seal carving, as well as calligraphy and painting, who initiated the production and compilation of the manual. He compiled calligraphy and paintings of past and contemporary scholar- artists and entrusted a team of highly skilled artisans from Huizhou with the carving and printing of these images in eight volumes. This leaf is part of the fruit volume and bears a seal by the artist Gao You. The museum has the only known five prints from the fruit volume, which have a seal, suggesting that the prints are very early. All later printings have omitted the seal.

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    Details: Three Buddha’s Hand Fruits, from Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Calligraphy and Painting, woodblock print on paper, c. 1633, China. (c) The Trustees of the British Museum

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