19th century Chinese Buddhist ruyi scepter made out of rootwood with extraordinary richly textured surface resembling swirling clouds, the head of the scepter perfectly imitating a growth of lingzhi fungus. Ruyi scepter is a traditional symbol of scholarship in Chinese culture, as well as of transmission of knowledge in Buddhist monastery environment. Beautiful lacquer finish worn on raised parts as to be expected, superb warm patina and sheen from generations of people touching it. Extremely pl ...click for details
Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese / Tibetan mala - Buddhist rosary consisting of 108 jadeite beads and 4 stained ivory ones that serve as spacers dividing the prayer beads into groups of 27 each. True unstained jadeite of mellow green color, ivory beads are carved with SHOW (long life) character. Traditionally Buddhist rosary of 108 even-sized beads is used for mantra recitation. The thread represents the continuity of the buddhadharma piercing the 108 worldly passions. The mantras are r ...click for details
19th century Chinese brushpot carved out of rootwood. Natural trunk with wonderful quality knots suggesting swirling clouds and lingzhi fungus shapes. Beautiful wear, great patina from handling. Excellent attractive piece in scholarly taste. Height 6 7/8 inches.
Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese soapstone ornament in a shape of a Buddhaís hand citron with bone stem. Nicely carved out of light green soapstone with darker and lighter veins giving depth to the material. Very nice patina, pleasant to hold, wonderful object for a scholarís desk. Length with stem 3 3/8 inches.
Very unusual late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese scholarís ivory and ebony brushrest. Ivory is beautifully carved as a prunus trunk with flowers and buds, fixed in superbly fitted and excellently carved ebony stand. Elegant design and color combination, wonderful patina. Excellent functional object for scholarís desk, one of the most beautiful scholarís objects that I have had. Height 5/8 inches, total length 6 5/8 inches.
Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese scholarís rock in a form of a natural turquoise nugget suggesting mountain of dramatic shape with crevices and caves. The stone provides several different views. Beautiful turquoise matrix of green and brown colors with very richly textured surface, nicely carved fitted hardwood stand. Wonderful object for contemplation on scholarís table. Height with stand 3 1/4 inches, length 4 inches.
19th century Chinese scholarís rootwood brushrest / scholarís rock giving a perfect impression of a craggy mountain range with numerous crevices. Did not photograph well - photos came out too harsh. Wonderful object conveying the power of the mountains. Natural root of a tree with old cracks, nicks and scratches adding to the wild energy of the piece. Beautiful patina, powerful piece for a scholarís table. Length 5 1/4 inches, height 2 1/4 inches.
Unusual late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) buffalo horn carving of a reclining one-horned chimera snarling with its mouth wide open. Does not photograph well. Wonderful carving with great face, mane, tail and powerful paws, in superb condition. Excellent quality amber colored translucent horn (see backlit photo), very beautiful finish. Wonderful object for scholarís table. Length 1 11/16 inches.
19th century Chinese hammered copper Buddhist alms bowl of classic shape. Simple elegant object with incredibly strong design, excellent patina, pleasantly heavy. Two carved and lacquered characters on the bottom can be translated as HAPPINESS WITHIN. Great humble piece in excellent condition, wonderful object for scholarís desk. Diameter at the widest 5 inches, height 1 1/2 inches.
19th century small wooden burl vase for scholarís table with wide shoulders, three short feet and carved keyfret and lappets borders around the mouth. Beautiful natural swirling clouds pattern on wood surface, wonderful warm brown patina from shellack lacquer and handling. Wonderful piece for scholarís desk. Height 1 7/8 inches.