Provenance: British private collection. Acquired from Nicholas Pitcher, London.
Condition: Excellent condition with a fine dark patina, the base and interior with verdigris, old wear and traces of use, minor firing flaws. Scattered small nicks.
Weight: 2,544 g
Dimensions: Height 30.8 cm
Also note the cicada blades with dragon masks amid scroll patterns and the curved handles in the form of dragons spewing fire.
Literature comparison: Compare with a closely related lei, dated to the 16th century, at A & J Speelman, Chinese Works of Art, London 2008, no. 3, p. 12.