More than a Game / A CARVED BAMBOO 'NINE SCHOLARS' BRUSHPOT, BITONG 18th century
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A CARVED BAMBOO 'NINE SCHOLARS' BRUSHPOT, BITONG
Of cylindrical form, the exterior deeply carved to depict a continuous scene of 'The Nine Elders of Mountain of Fragrance' engaged at various leisurely pursuits including playing qi seated under shades of pine trees, in conversation, admiring the landscape in a distant opening by the creek, some accompanied by young attendants, all set in a rocky landscape, the mouth rim and foot applied with hardwood. 16.4cm (6 1/2in) high.
Compare a brushpot in the Shanghai Museum, Qianlong/Jiaqing period, carved with the same subject matter but with a slightly different arrangement of the figures, illustrated in Literati Spirit: Art of Chinese Bamboo Carving, Shanghai, 2012, no.038, pp. 98-99; and see another related bamboo brushpot, dated 1812, carved with similar subject matter, illustrated in ibid., pp.142-143, no.066.