7490 A bitong (bamboo brush pot) carved with a Chinese immortal in a landscape
China 18th/19th century Qing dynasty
Dimensions: H. 14cm x Diam. 9.5cm (5¾” x 3¾”)
The figure rendered is possibly Li Tieguai, one of the Eight Immortals in Chinese mythology. He is often depicted in an appearance of a beggar with a crutch; his attribute is a gourd, which is hanging from a branch above the immortal on this brush pot. Li’s gourd is said to be full of medicine which is to be dispensed to the sick and the poor.