17th century -18th century
8.5 in HIGH x 9 in WIDE x 3 in DEEP
(21.59 cm HIGH x 22.86 cm WIDE x 7.62 cm DEEP)
Gift of Chang Wen Ti

Lin-Tse or sacred fungus shape symbolizing longevity

Attributed by Mr. Sidney Ashkenazie of Ashkenazie & Co., 1983: "Vase is seen as double fungus form in upright position. Hollowed out in both sides in typical form of a brush holder. Front area left undecorated showing a very long slender elegance of plant form. Leaf and fungus pattern is carved in bold, high relief. Back side is carved with vines and leaves surrounding the thick stem which extends from the underside and continues upward on the back side. This version of a double fungus serving as a brush holder was undoubtedly fashioned for a scholar. The fungus is the symbol for Immortality in Chinese lore. The colour is a greyish-green tone with flecks of dark grey. Wood stand. Late 17th or early 18th century."

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