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Jade: screen


Small ornamental table screen in form of jade tablet, featuring finely (carved) inscribed script (obverse) and dragon design (reverse). Commemorates first woman who had silk worms in China by discovering use of mulberry leaves. Obverse:
御題蠶織圖 (The Emperor’s Inscription to Pictures of Silkworm Weaving).

One dark brown tablet holder roughly assembled from several carved wood components. Exhibits simple ruyi patterning and scroll work.


Rewi Alley


Jade tablet with poem bought by Alley in Shanghai. Given by Alley to Margaret Garland in 1952, to deliver to Canterbury Museum. Garland was in China to attend the Asia-Pacific Peace Conference, held in Beijing.

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Physical Dimensions

Tablet on its own: 119x70x4mm (l x w x thickness)

Museum Ac. No.


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“Jade: screen,” China, Art and Cultural Diplomacy, accessed September 28, 2023, http://www.rewialleyart.nz/items/show/232.