It is extremely rare to find amber carvings of this size, possibly due to the scarcity of such large pieces of fossilised resin and its inherent fragility. In colour and subject, this carving is reminiscent of the highly prized and rare rhinoceros horn log-raft cups, such as one attributed to the late Ming dynasty, in the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Shanghai, 2002, pl. 119. Compare also jade versions, such as a white jade carving of two figures on a boat rendered in the form of a tree trunk with extending leafy fronds on the side, from the estate of Mr & Mrs Oliver Smalley, sold in our New York rooms, 28th/29th September 1989, lot 548; and a tree trunk-form raft carved with a seated female immortal and an acolyte boy, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 2nd May 2005, lot 695.
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