A small ivory 'Zhuangyuan' brushpot, bitong 18th/19th century
Lot 455Y
A small ivory 'Zhuangyuan' brush pot, bitong 18th/19th century
Sold for £2,280 (US$ 3,863) inc. premium
Auction Details
A small ivory 'Zhuangyuan' brushpot, bitong 18th/19th century
Lot Details
A small ivory 'Zhuangyuan' brush pot, bitong
18th/19th century
The cylindrical brushpot carved in relief with two inscriptions, with an Immortal holding a baby amidst cloud scrolls, possibly representing the blessing of heaven on the baby who will become a successful official, as represented below in a procession of attendants carrying flags, musical instruments and banners leading a mounted official marking his successful return from the examinations.
10.6cm (4⅛in) high

Footnotes

  • The present brushpot represents the wish for success in the all-important Academy examinations, which would have secured a position as a Government official and with it the coveted rank and status.
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