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Cervidé en jade céladon pâle Dynastie Qing, XVIIIE siècle

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 EUR
Sold
20,000 EUR
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Description

  • Jade, wood stand
  • 12,5 cm, 4 7/8  in.
couché, les pattes repliées sous le corps, la tête tournée vers l'arrière, tenant dans sa gueule une tige feuillagée chargée de deux pêches posées sur son dos et accostées d'une chauve-souris en vol, la tête surmontée d'un double lingzhi, le pelage incisé de petites étoiles, socle en bois inscrusté d'argent (2)

Catalogue Note

To the Chinese, the deer is a much beloved creature, associated with immortals and good fortune. In ancient China deer were regarded as ‘immortal creatures’, believed to have a lifespan of five thousand years. They were believed to inhabit the abodes of immortals and gods. They served as mounts for the god of longevity, Shoulao, and were companions of Magu, the goddess of immortality, often serving as her draught animal. It was also believed that deer could detect the mushroom of immortality lingzhi. These associations further added to deer being firmly linked to immortality. 

The word for deer in Chinese, lu, is also a homophone for the word for emoluments, the salary an official received. As such the deer also came to represent official position and wealth, paintings of deer were gifted and displayed during celebrations expressing the wish to attain a high position, wealth and honour. The use of deer antlers to prolong life was recorded in the Chinese medicinal classic, Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, written over 2000 years ago, and complied during the Qin and Han dynasties. Deer antlers are believed to nourish the yin forces in the body, aid kidney function, invigorate the spleen, strengthen bones and muscles and promote blood flow.  It is no wonder then that the deer was chosen by the ancient Chinese as a symbol of longevity.
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