well carved with a boy standing in three-quarters view, holding a tall leafy sprig, his rounded face framed by a 'scholar's cap', the stone of evenly white tone save for the russet patch along one side of the boy's body
A related figure of a boy, holding a lantern and ear of rice, in the Zhirouzhai collection, was included in the exhibition Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, Asia House Gallery, New York, 1980, cat. no. 97; and a slightly later figure, but holding a ruyi sceptre and coin and his hair tied in topknots, was sold in our New York rooms, 28-29th September 1989, lot 508.
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