A huanghuali simulated-rootwood cylindrical brushpot
Late Ming/early Qing dynasty Naturalistically carved as a section of tree trunk, the exterior with irregular raised nodes, the wood of light brown tone retaining the natural coffee-coloured grain. 23.2cm wide.
See a comparative example of a similar but smaller zitan brushpot imitating rootwood, exhibited at the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and Fung Ping Shan Museum at the University of Hong Kong (24 October 1986 - 13 December 1986), illustrated in Arts from the Scholar's Studio, Hong Kong, 2011, pp.108-109, no.71. According to authors Hugh Moss and Gerard Tsang, the natural looking gnarled and knotty appearance of such pieces are entirely contrived, by simulating 'highly stylised, simplified and abstracted naturalism, in which aspect they echo the paintings of the literati.'
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