A chalcedony brush washer

Chalcedony lingzhi fungus brushwasher
CH402 Chalcedony brush washer

CH402

18th century
Length: 3 1/2 in, 8.9 cm

cleverly carved using the natural coloration of the stone as a large open lingzhi fungus and a smaller open magnolia flower that form vessels, and a branch of leafy fruiting peach, smaller lingzhi fungi, and a bat. The banded stone varies in tone from icy white, through pale orange to deep orange. (With a wood stand carved as lingzhi fungus.)

For a related example see The Cream of China’s Ancient Jade Article (Shijiazhuang, 1995), no. 180.