QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
The waterpot is hollowed out from a single piece of a cocoon-shaped rootwood with the bottom section cut flat forming the footrim of the vessel. The surface is naturally formed with craggy gnarled openwork patinated to a reddish-brown tone and coated on the interior well with a thick layer of black lacquer.
There are similar examples of rootwood vessels in the collection of the Palace Museum, such as an altar set published in Zhongguo zhumu yajiao qi quanji Volume 2: Wood Carvings Part 1 中國竹木牙角器全集2:木雕器(上), 2009, pp. 108-109, Catalogue No. 103.