MING DYNASTY, WANLI PERIOD (1573–1619)
The pale green jade is carved in openwork in the form of a five-peaked mountain brush rest. One side is slightly concave and depicts two five-clawed confronting, writhing dragons flanking a central flaming pearl above craggy rocks. The other side of the brush rest is slightly convex and depicts a deer and fawn, flanked by lingzhi fungus, next to a waterfall rising from a rocky landscape.
The frontal image is in style and composition reminiscent of three and fivepeaked brush rests from the same period in various materials. A five-peaked ivory example is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Hong Kong, 2002, p. 114, Catalogue No. 104.