A SUPERBLY CARVED PALE CELADON JADE FINGER CITRON QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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The Buddha’s hand citron, which takes its name from the shape of its fruit that resembles the idealised digit-form fingers of the Buddha, has a strong fragrance and is used as an altar offering during the New Year celebration. The first character of its name fo, is a pun for fu (‘blessings’ and ‘riches’), while the second character, shou, is homophonous for longevity.