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A CELADON AND BROWN JADE FIGURE OF A BOY ON HOBBY HORSE
MING DYNASTY
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
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A CELADON AND BROWN JADE FIGURE OF A BOY ON HOBBY HORSE
MING DYNASTY
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

An Asian Collection of Jade Carvings

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A CELADON AND BROWN JADE FIGURE OF A BOY ON HOBBY HORSE
MING DYNASTY
depicted riding on a hobby horse with his left hand grasping the reins, his right arm raised holding a large lotus leaf, the hair gathered into two topknots, the stone of a golden beige tone with darker patches
8.2 cm, 3 1/4  in.
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Catalogue Note

Images of boys playing with a hobby horse comprise part of the popular ‘boys at play’ and ‘Hundred Boys’ subjects that emerged from the Song dynasty. This theme is symbolic of the Confucian ideal for the education and advancement of many sons, a wish further emphasised by the lotus he carries which represents ‘May you continuously give birth to distinguished sons’. As the boy is depicted riding a hobby horse, this conveys the wish for it to come immediately or soon (mashang) which is a pun for ‘to be on top of a horse’.

This lively motif continued to be used in jade carvings through to the Qing dynasty. For an eighteenth century example, see a white jade figure from the Muwen Tang collection, sold in these rooms, 1st December 2016, lot 158. Compare also a figure, depicted holding a rattle instead of a lotus stem, in the Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, coll. no. BATEA 1218; and a figure of a boy holding a lantern on a pole, from the collection of Florence and Herbert Irving and now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, acc. no. 2015.500.5.14.

An Asian Collection of Jade Carvings

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Hong Kong