A Rare Imperially-Inscribed Hardwood Mortar

18th Century, Yuzhi mark and Seal of Bi De

5 1/2 inches high, 6 1/2 inches across


The slightly rounded sides deeply and finely engraved with an Imperial thirty-two character poetic inscription from a Poem composed by the Qianlong Emperor about pine trees, the inscription set between the simply banded cylindrical foot and flat cylindrical rim, age cracks.


The inscription is a poem about Pine composed by the Qianlong emperor and is an auspicious blessing.