• For the Enjoyment of Scholars: auction at Christies

    Sale 2391

    For the Enjoyment of Scholars: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 892

    A SMALL CARNELIAN AGATE LINGZHI-FORM BRUSH REST

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SMALL CARNELIAN AGATE LINGZHI-FORM BRUSH REST
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    3 in. (7.6 cm.) long, wood stand, box


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    Hallucinogenic, or "magic," mushrooms played a significant role in the search for communion with cosmic forces in China, particularly among recluses and Daoists. The lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum) is a woody fungus. A symbol of longevity, it was attributed with many medicinal qualities and was an ingredient in certain potions of immortality, strengthening this association.

    Provenance

    Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this brush rest is jadeite and not carnelian agate.

    Please note the Chinese text for this should read feicui.