A pair of 'scholars' taste' tree trunk vases
17th century, China
Height: 50.2 cm, 19.8 inches
Each of the hollow trunks, which form one half of a true pair, are of gnarled form with flowering branches (possibly prunus), and a single resting bird. They rise from protruding knobbly roots that encircle the trunk issuing from a waisted base with ruyi form motifs.