The oval-shaped pendant is carved utilising natural inclusions to highlight areas, decorated on one side with a figure in a scholar's robe standing before rockwork below a three-character inscription, bai shi tu, 'bowing to the rocks', the reverse with a gnarled pine tree
2 in. (5.1 cm.) high
The carving captures the story of the famous Northern Song dynasty poet, Mi Fu, who supposedly bowed to rocks.
Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art