This masterly carved ivory pouring vessel is crafted in log raft shape with a figural handle depicting five intertwined chilong dragons. The beasts with their reticulated, curved tails are cuddled up, one with its head upside down. A cloud pattern, carved in high relief, is adorning the rim of the hollowed spoon-like log and continued on the underside.
The purpose of this object might have been for pouring wine or tea. Maybe it was also intended as a scholar’s desk object, combining a brush rest and a brush washer.
Dimensions: LENGTH 19.5 CM
Condition: Very good condition, only one minor old break on the end has been reattached.
Provenance: Austrian private collection