The quality of the stone, the carving, and the overall coherence of the composition point to a Yuan / Ming dynasty attribution. Compare a white and russet jade figure of a mythical beast sold in our London rooms, 15th December 1987, lot 12; a yellow and russet jade carving of a coiled beast sold in those same rooms, 11th December 1984, lot 77; a white and russet jade carving of a tortoise-like mythical creature offered at Christie's New York, 4th June 1992, lot 5; a pale celadon and russet jade 'geese' group sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 7th October 2015, lot 3654; and a white and russet jade carving of a chimera sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1st June 2011, lot 3934.
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