575. Chinese Brush Pot Carved in Zitan
Chinese brushpot carved in Zitan .
A large rare zitan brush pot carved out of a solid trunk with lobed rim, depicting magnolia blossom su, richly patinated to a deep brownish-black colour. Magnolias, known as yulan, were once grown solely by Chinese emperors and were traditionally represent feminine beauty due to its orchid-like aroma and fleshy petals. Magnolia is also a pun for jade for its pureness and jade-like colour, which symbols wealth and rank.