Bronze Brushrest Carved with Egrets

Yuan DynastyWidth: 18cm
Height: 7.2cm

The brushrest, cast using the lost wax method, is in the shape of three peaks carved in high relief and openwork. The middle peak stands taller than the rest. The brushrest sits on a rectangular stand with cusped edgings and six feet in the form of ruyi heads. The piece is heavily decorated with lotus flowers and leaves, with eighteen egrets among them, all with different postures. The exquisite craftsmanship distinguishes this brushrest as a rare work of art.