Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 86.
The playful rendering of this piece is characteristic of Song archaism; for mythical lions similarly carved in the forward-crouching pose, see two in the Kirknorton collection, illustrated in Brian Morgan, Naturalism and Archaism. Chinese Jades from the Kirknorton Collection, London, 1995, pls. 46 and 48; and a later example sold at Christie's London, 15th May 2007, lot 342.
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