Daoguang Period (1821-1850) Chinese nephrite jade carving of a scholar in a boat. This jade carving depicts part of the romance of the landscape in Chinese art. The scholar class was caught up in the daily struggle for power and the intrigue of the court. These men were ambitious, and worked very hard to rise to power. But when they had prestige and power they also had no time. In painting and poetry they expressed the desire to withdraw into the mountains and live a quiet life in a small cottage by a lake where they could enjoy reading, painting and writing poetry — such as this scholar reading and floating on a root form boat with a bowl of magic mushrooms.
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