1990
1990
A CELADON AND RUSSET JADE RAM
SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
200,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 420,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
1990
A CELADON AND RUSSET JADE RAM
SONG DYNASTY
Estimate
200,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 420,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A CELADON AND RUSSET JADE RAM
SONG DYNASTY
the pebble-shaped stone carved with a recumbent ram with his head turned sharply to his left towards his broad heart-shaped tail, the legs and hoof well-carved in high-relief, the stone of celadon tone with russet patches
5.3 cm., 2 1/8 in.
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Exhibited

Chinese Jade Carving, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1983, cat. no. 139.

Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 92.

Literature

Hei-Chi, Jades from the Hei-Chi Collection, Beijing, 2006, p. 153.

Catalogue Note

This finely carved and polished figure is an excellent example of the Song carver's ability to observe and sensitively render the innate nature of their subject. For examples of ram figures lying recumbent with their heads turned inward, see one sold in these rooms, 20th November 1984, lot 540; another, from the Katchen collection, sold in our London rooms, 14th December 1971, lot 46; and a third example from the Shuisongshi Shanfang Collection, included in the exhibition Exquisite Jade Carving, The University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 81.

The ram is symbolic of peace, prosperity and filial piety. Figures of rams have had a long history, appearing in the Han and Tang periods as lamps and in ceramic as tomb figures.

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