Brushwasher, bixi, of ruyi-form on five slightly splayed feet, carved as a fungus head and incised on the sides with scrolls, the flat rim carved with a single inner ridge, the stone pale celadon.

4 ¼ inches, 10.8 cm long; 1 ⅜ inches, 3.5 cm high.

Qianlong, 1736-1795.

Wood stand.


Available on request.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From an important French collection.
  • A related ruyi-form brushwasher from the Chang Qing Guan collection is illustrated by Ip Yee in Chinese Jade Carving, An Exhibition Jointly Presented by the Urban Council, Hong Kong and the Min Chiu Society, Organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1983, no. 228, pp. 254/5.
  • The sacred fungus, lingzhi, resembles the head of a wish-granting wand, ruyi, and has the same meaning of ‘as you wish’. It is also known as the fungus of immortality and is believed to grow on the Isle of the Blessed, Peng Lai.
  • Published by Marchant in their 90th Anniversary Exhibition, Ninety Jades for 90 Years, no. 1, pp. 8-9.