Yang Xin Dian mark - knotted plum blossom ritual vessel
A Chinese zesede shuijing (purple quartz or amethyst) ritual vessel or talisman, Qing Dynasty, possibly Qianlong, the tall perfect crystal of large proportions, profusely and exquisitely carved and modelled as a gnarled and knotted plum blossom tree segment coming into bloom, decorated with birds, branches and flowers and flanked with stalks to its sides. Resembling in its complexity a miniature scholar's rock, the crystal exudes the typical qualities of a garden rock, namely zhou, shou, and tou (rough, craggy and holey) and bears Shang period type script denoting water along the sides; with wide top and a narrow base (cloud top and rain base), and also two inscriptions, the first Nei Fu, i.e. the Interior part of the living quarters of the palace, the second inscription is Yang Xin Dian, i.e. the Hall of Mental Cultivation. From 1723- 1736,Yang XIn Dian or the Hall of Mental Cultivation effectively became the centre of Yongzheng's working life and therefore was the centre of the Qing empire during that time. Qianlong followed his father Yongzheng in ruling China from the Hall of Mental Cultivation. 9.5'' (23cms)h . Elliptical cavity 2.5'' (6cms)w x 1.5''(3.75cms)d.