The gourd has a natural form with two bulbs and a slender midsection. It is carved in shallow relief with five stylised bats amidst florets around the upper bulb, and five xi characters around the lower. The base is carved with lotus petals surrounding the reign mark.
Compare a carved double gourd of similar form made for the fifth Prince Ding and dated to 1801, illustrated by Moss and Tsang in Art from the Scholar’s Studio, Hong Kong, 1986, no. 108, p. 138. Compare also a circular moulded-gourd brush pot with a Daoguang mark in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated by Wang Shixiang in Zhongguo Hulu, Shanghai, 1998, p. 41.