China, probably 18th cent. (Qing-dynasty 1644-1911). Carved wood and tortoiseshell. Elegant double-gourd with fine surface relief of flowers and foliage. At both sides of the wall a tortoiseshell inlay with delicate fretwork: Depiction of squirrels and vine, the animals carved as partly movable elements. On a wooden base. Without cover. Overall h. 20 cm.