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Rice field
  • Xu Bing
    born 1955
    born: Chongqing, Sichuan province, China ; active: China, United States
  • Rice field, 1986
  • The Pastoral Woodcut Series
  • Where object was made: Beijing, China
  • woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 545 x 740 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 21 7/16 x 29 1/8 in
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 545 x 740 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 21 7/16 x 29 1/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 29 x 37 in
    Frame Dimensions: 29 1/4 x 38 1/4 x 1 in
    Weight: 10 lbs
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2005.0071
Label Text

A black-and-white woodcut print of a bird’s eye view of a rice field. The rice field is divided by two crossing ridges into 4 blocks, resembling the Chinese character “tian,” or “rice field.” In the rice field are young rice seedlings planted in parallel rows. Groups of tadpoles are swimming in the fields. A dark patch of shadow appears in the upper right of the composition, and another on the lower left corner.