QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
The waterpot is carved in the form of a cluster of lingzhi, with one lingzhi forming the well of the vessel whilst the other six are carved in raised detail flanking the central well. The agate vessel is of a warm translucent tone with the minor lingzhis highlighted using the natural red inclusions of the stone. The waterpot rests on an original openwork zitan stand.
An example of an agate waterpot of similar shape is published in Illustrated Important Chinese Cultural Relics Ranking Standard: Scholar's Objects 文物藏品定 級標準圖例：文房用具卷, 2008, p. 238, Catalogue No. 209