A Rare  "Silk Production" Bamboo Brush Pot

Mid Qing Dynasty, 1750-1850

5 1/2 inches high, 5 7/16 inches diam.


Superbly carved in a continuous scene in deep relief around the cylindrical body with various scenes of silk production from the collection of mulberry leaves for the silkworms and the various stages until the spinning of the final yarn, all set in a luscious dense wooded mountain landscape with a variety of tree species, walled compounds, fenced areas and small buildings all carefully delineated and peopled with industrious workmen at their trade.