the translucent white stone carved in the form of a recumbent doe resting upon her folded legs with the right leg kneeling, her head held high, the fur subtly picked-out along the spine, jawline and hooves
Carved from a luminous, near-flawless stone, the present piece is notable for the sense of fullness of form and vitality created by the half-standing position of the front two legs and the alert head. Compare figures in similar poses, but with all four legs tucked underneath the body, such as one sold in our New York rooms, 4th June 1985, lot 49, and again at Christie's Hong Kong, 3rd November 1996, lot 941; and a slightly later example sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 26th April 2004, lot 1231.
A pun for 'emolument' or 'official salary', the deer (lu) symbolises longevity as it can live for a long time.
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