The lingzhi fungus, Ganoderma lucidum, was considered the most important of all medicines and a talisman for luck. It is also associated with the virtues of a ruler; classical texts such as Shangshu Dazhuan, Baihu Tong and Ruiying Tu all consider the growth of lingzhi an indicator of good government. The lingzhi motif, commonly found on imperial wares, represents a visual rebus for the wish for longevity, and a virtuous and benevolent rule.
Another jade 'lingzhi' washer from the Pilkington collection was sold in these rooms, 6th April 2016, lot 65. See also another with two lingzhi sold in our New York rooms, 8th October 1983, lot 119, and again in these rooms, 18th May 1989, lot 737.
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