Exquisite Jade Carving, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 87.
Jade carvings of birds and peaches were made as early as the Song dynasty. For the possible inspiration to the present piece see a Song jade bird with peaches in the Guan-Fu collection illustrated in James Watt, Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, New York, 1980, pl. 80. A later, Qing period, carving of a crane with peaches was included in the exhibition Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, p. 186, cat. no. 179, where it is mentioned that in Chinese culture both the crane and peach represent longevity. Another 18th century carving of a dove perched on a gnarled stalk of a peach, was sold in these rooms, 12th May 1983, lot 294.
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