YUZHI MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG
the tubular ring with a slightly bevelled top and a rounded base, carved in intaglio on the exterior with an imperial poem, followed by the characters Qianlong yuzhi ('by the Imperial Command of the Qianlong Emperor') and the qian trigram seal, all between key-fret borders, the opaque white stone with areas of caramel tone and natural white surface patina
Translation of the Chinese poem:
As with horn and ivory carvings, passed down from ancient times;
looking again in appreciation of this piece of beautiful jade.
Its interior is hollowed;
the exterior, carved like the fullness of the moon.
How can this be worn just as a ring,
when it can also be used in archery.
Anyone wearing this, will be sure to attain their target;
what a magnificently perfect combination.
See a similar thumbring inscribed with the same poem between key-fret bands sold in Christie's Hong Kong, 27th May 2008, lot 1534.
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