the small white pebble-shaped stone with russet stains carved in the form of a crouching beast with the body of a lion and a single horn on the head, the spine well rendered and its bushy tail sweeping back upon the body
Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 140.
The dexterity of the carver is evident in this carving, which cleverly takes its form from the shape of the pebble to avoid any unnecessary wastage of the precious stone. Compare a similar figure in the Kirknorton collection, illustrated in Brian Morgan, Naturalism and Archaism. Chinese Jades from the Kirknorton Collection, London, 1995, pl. 50; and another included in the exhibition Exquisite Jade Carving, The University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 199, cat. no. 112.
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