Wucai-enamelled brushrests were made in two designs, with either three or five peaks; the three-peaked variety was perhaps the most fortuitous as the shape is fundamentally that of the Chinese character meaning 'mountain'. Such brushrests have been widely illustrated, as they are one of the most unusal kinds of enamelled wares made for the scholar's table during the late Ming period. A similar example is in the Idemitsu Museum, illustrated in The 15th Anniversary Catalogue, Tokyo, 1981, p. 203, no. 857; another is illustrated by I.L. Legeza, Malcolm MacDonald Collection of Chinese Ceramics, London, 1972, pl. CVX, no. 308.