MING DYNASTY, SIX-CHARACTERWANLI MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1573–1619)
The cylindrical brush depicts in low relief a scene of scholars viewing a painting within a landscape setting, against an openwork ground of rocks and various trees. A six-character ‘Da Ming Wanli Nian Zhi’ mark is carved in shallow relief within a rectangular cartouche.
A similar example of a brush with a Wanli mark from the Cleveland Museum of Art is illustrated in Bamboo Carving of China, New York, 1983, p. 63, Catalogue No. 1.