Description: A rare Zitan gong hammer carved with a dragon in flight amongst dense scrolling clouds.
Notes! There is little doubt that zitan was reserved for important pieces, as zitan had become a very expensive commodity by the early Qing period, as a result of excessive logging throughout the Ming dynasty. The wood’s scarcity was compounded by the fact that the trees themselves are slow growing and require centuries to fully mature into usable material. Although local sources of zitan exist in the southern provinces of Yunnan, Guangdong and Guangxi, much of the material was imported from Southeast Asia. As an imported commodity, its use was scrupulously monitored and carefully restricted at the Imperial workshops.
Age: Probably 19thc.
Size: 28 cm long.
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