A very finely carved scene showing a Chinese immortal dressed in Chinese garments, holding a flute in his hand and leaning with one arm on a table with four curved legs. Possibly the figure is the Chinese hermaphroditic immortal Lan Caihe, who was often depicted holding a flute. Despite the small size of this work, the artist was able to precisely execute the garment folds, facial features and even fingers and toes. Rectangular base with central himotoshi.
HEIGHT 3.5 CM
Condition: Good condition, with expected age cracks and excellent, used patina
Provenance: Austrian private estate