This pieces exemplifies the aesthetic taste of scholar-officials of the Ming and Qing dynasties, who sought objects for their studio that had a variety of functions, such as brush rests and paperweights, as well as being works of art in their own right. See a larger brush rest worked with a similar subject matter, dated to the Qing dynasty, sold in these rooms, 1st June 2017, lot 5. Another larger similar carving, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in The Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Jade, vol. 9, Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl. 64, together with one modelled as three peaks with chilong, pl. 66; and another was sold in our New York rooms, 21st March 2015, lot 692.