the polished wood sceptre inlaid with three oval jade plaques exquisitely carved in low relief with a playful lion and cub, a twin-fish handled vase with pomegrantes and a xi (double happiness) character, a deer gazing towards the sky in a rocky landscape, the stone of even white tone
Compare sceptres depicting various scenes on the jade-mounted plaques; for an example carved with elephant designs, see one sold in our New York rooms, 19th March 2007, lot 622; and two sceptres, but with inlaid silver shafts, one depicting a boy in a raft, sold in our New York rooms, 16th September 2009, lot 263; and the other carved with the Eight Horses of Mu Wang, sold at Christie's New York, 3rd December 1992, lot 98.
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