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Paperweight in the Form of a Pine

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: ivory
Dimensions: Length: 13 cm, Width: 5.8 cm

This flat paperweight is carved as a recumbent pine. The artist combined embossing and engraving to evoke the gnarled pine trunk. On the surface, the interlocking branches have flourishing pine needles that look like clouds. On the two faces, the branches are in low relief but on the edges they are three dimensional. On the reserve a concavity serves as a water container. The remarkable part of this paperweight is a block on the surface which holds an oval cover. Opening the cover revels a shallow water container decorated with a dragon in clouds. The interior of the cover is designed as an inkstone. With wonderful carvings and design, this multi-functional paperweight is a rarity of scholar's paraphernalia.

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