Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 74.
For a similar animal plaque carving see one in the British Museum, London, illustrated in Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jades from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, p. 355, fig. 8; and a pig of related form, in the Guanfu collection, included in the exhibition Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, Asia House Gallery, New York, 1980, cat. no. 18. The pose of this animal can be traced back to the Han (206BC-AD220) and Six Dynasties (220-589AD); compare a figure of a pig in the Laurence Sickman collection, and another, in the Bei Shan Tang collection, attributed to the Han and Six Dynasties, respectively included in the exhibition ibid., cat. nos. 15 and 16, where it is written that the 'shortened version' of the stone or jade pig is thought to have appeared for the first in the 3rd century AD (see p. 46).
Jade carvings of pigs were used in burials throughout the Han and Six Dynasties period, and symbolises prosperity and abundance.
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