the celadon green stone with brown and russet patches carved in the form of a recumbent lion, reclining with his paws stretched by the side of his head and his body slightly curved to one side, this bushy bifurcated tail curling up on either side of his haunches, and the finely incised mane running the length of his spine
Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 84.
Hei-Chi, Jades from the Hei-Chi Collection, Beijing, 2006, p. 155.
Anthology of Chinese Art: Min Chiu Society Silver Jubilee Exhibition, Hong Kong, 1985, pl. 213.
Carved with a playful expression characteristic of Song archaistic pieces, this piece is notable for its finely carved details such as the depiction of tufts of hair falling either side of the spine and the intricate paws. For further examples of similarly rendered recumbent creatures, see one in the Y. Ip collection, included in the exhibition Exquisite Jade Carving, The University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 112; another, but with a less-detailed tail and base, from the Mary and George Bloch collection, sold in these rooms, 23rd October 2005, lot 147; and a third of a lion with cub, also included in the exhibition ibid., cat. no. 109.
For the Han dynasty prototype, see one in the British Museum, London, illustrated in Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 26:7, and included in the exhibition Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 43.
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