Qing Dynasty The scholar's object carved as a bamboo section, the front with bamboo leaves issuing from the plant opposite a cicada, with red pigment mostly to the reverse. 23.7cm (9⅜in) long
Provenance: Professor Max Esterer, Germany.
Professor Esterer spent 17 years in China between the First World War and the Second Sino-Japanese War. During his stay in China he is said to have befriended Chiang Kai Shek, who on the former's return to Germany sent him tea to Bavaria for the next ten years.