A YELLOW AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST MING DYNASTY
400,000 - 600,000 HKD
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- 7.3 cm, 2 7/8 in.
depicted recumbent with the head turned to its left and resting on its front paws, the mythical beast portrayed with bulging eyes and an angular snout, its back rendered with a prominent spinal column terminating in a thick, bushy tail swept against its haunches, the pebble of a warm yellow colour attractively highlighted with extensive russet patches
This animated animal has been carved to maximise the use of the stone by being modelled according to the shape of the pebble. The carver has also skilfully created a sense of playfulness by combining carefully incised details, such as the combed tail, with caricature-like archaistic features. A similar carving is illustrated in Brian Morgan, Naturalism and Archaism. Chinese Jades from the Kirknorton Collection, London, 1995, pl. 50; and another from the Hei-Chi collection was sold in these rooms, 8th April 2010, lot 2001.