Brush-washer in the shape of a lotus leaf

Sung dynasty (A.D. 960-1279)
Height: 9.4 cm Length: 15.1 cm Width: 5.8 cm

This vessel was once used in a scholar's study and was employed as a brush-washer filled with water. This brownish-yellow jade is carved in a highly naturalistic manner, in the form of a cupped lotus leaf with delicate branching veins. The leaf is thin with a graceful undulating edge, yet displays a pleasing fleshiness. Whitish calculation appears on the left side of this piece.

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