each carved utilising the natural formations of the bamboo root, the smaller incised to one side with the signature Shiling, the seal face carved with the characters jiang shang and the pictogram of zhou, the other carved with characters in archaic seal script depicting the pictogram of man san
Zhu Shulin (dates unknown, c.18th century), zi Shiling or Nirui, hao Xumui shan ren and Da Bei an ju, was a native of Dongting county, Suzhou. He was a talented poet and painter, and is known for his depiction of orchid flowers.
Compare a similar bamboo root seal signed by Shiling, illustrated Simon Kwan, Ming and Qing Bamboo, Hong Kong, 2000, pl. 137. See also a bamboo root seal inscribed by Zhu Mian and with similar treatment of the characters of the seal face, illustrated in Gerard Tsang and Hugh Moss, Arts from the Scholar's Studio, Hong Kong, 1986, cat.no.15. See also another seal of similar form, illustrated in Richard Rosenblum, Art of the Natural World, Boston, 2001, fig. 77.
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