A magnificent and extremely rare mother-of-pearl, soapstone and hardstone inlaid zitan brush palatte
Jiajing, attributed to Zhou Zhu
Of rounded rectangular form standing on four angled feet at the corners, the main panel secured on a hinge on one side allowing ninety degrees of upright movement, featuring a Mongol warrior battling against a Buddhist lion, the brave figure striking a stance with right knee raised and arm stretched, wearing overflowing robes with long sleeves and chestpiece armor with sword sheathed at the waist, the distinctive muscular facial features with prominent moustache and beard framed by ringed ears, framed beneath a traditional headwear extending two long flowing tassels; the ferocious mythical beast with curled mane and trifurcated tail leaping forth and landing on frontal paws with its head turned left, all admist a scene of rockwork and wispy clouds, masterfully inlaid with mother-of-pearl, soapstone, jade, pearl, various hardstones and semi-precious stones.
Chinese Works of Art
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