A Grey and Russet Jade "Lotus-Leaf" Brushwasher

Ming Dynasty
Width: 9cm

Superbly carved from a single flattened pebble, to represent a lotus leaf supported on a stalk, the leaf curving upwards and inwards to form the sides of the vessel and the curly edges the mouth rim, with the veins of the leaf naturalistically rendered in low relief, the semi-translucent stone of mottled grey tones suffused with areas of vivid russet splashes.