A finely engraved and inscribed ivory arm rest (bige)

A finely engraved and inscribed ivory arm rest (bige)

A very finely engraved and inscribed ivory arm rest (bige). On the upper part, a long text engraved in miniature characters; it is taken from the book of ”Famous Women's Biographies” (Lie Nu Zhuan), a Eastern Han Dinasty book about women of virtue. It tells the life of Pang Degong and his wife which were living a happy life in the wild nature in the mountains collecting medicinal plants and herbs. The lower part is engraved with an idyllic mountain and river scene: Pang Degong is sitting by the river side with a basket full of medicinal plants, his wife coming down the path with plants in her hands; deers are resting close by. H. 15,5 cm x 7,5 cm. Late Qing to early Republican Period