Boxwood carving of a finger-citron fruit with separate carved hardwood stand
18th century, China
Height: 8 cm, 3.1 inches
Length: 15 cm, 5.9 inches
The single citrus fruit, also known as a ‘Buddha’s-hand’ fruit, is carved fully in the round and attached to the severed branch from which it has grown – the leaves falling back onto the fruit, whose pitted surface contrasts with the smooth polish of the leaves. Tendrils, with hook like ends, extend out from the main body and partly intertwine – the artist’s acute observation of nature demonstrated by remarkably lifelike carving. The fruit is placed on its side to slot comfortably into a dark hardwood stand; this is created from one piece of wood, and decorated with rockwork, bamboo and grasses – the elongated oval form supported on four simple bracket feet.