This elegant piece 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 brushrests and paperweights, as well as being works of art in their own right. A slightly larger carving of this theme, 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.