carved in the round with a cherubic boy holding in his right hand a plantain frond bent behind his head and a lotus root in his left hand, dressed in a long tunic tied in the back and worn over trousers, the stone with russet veining and patches
A related carving, excavated from the Xilin Pagoda, Songjiang province, is published in Jade Wares of the Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing Unearthed from Shanghai, Shanghai, 2001, pl. 20. Compare slightly earlier carvings of this subject, such as two included in the exhibition Exquisite Jade Carving, The University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. nos. 10 and 14; and a slightly later example sold in these rooms, 5th November 1996, lot 1081.
A boy carrying a lotus represents the wish for the continuous birth of distinguished sons.
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