Palm Wood Brushpot 18th c.
This big brushpot is made of palm wood. The surface with no carving or decoration displays the natural beauty of the wood, which has a uniform grain. The hardness and density of good palm wood is similar to zitan.
Volume 7 of the Ming dynasty book Chang Wu Zhi (Record of Material Things), written by Wen Zhenheng (1585-1645), mentions: "Brushpots that are made of mottled bamboo, (and) palm wood are good."