Carved from a luminous yellow jade pebble, this piece displays the full range of the carver’s skill in his ability to incorporate the russet skin of the stone to reproduce the animal’s fur and to pick out elements of the creatures’ form. A very similarly carved animal in the Bei Shan Tang collection, was included in the Min Chiu Society exhibition Chinese Jade Carvings, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 147; and another was included in the exhibition Chinese Jades from Han to Ch’ing, The Asia House Gallery, New York, 1980, cat. no. 49. See also a green jade beast of slightly larger size, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Jade, vol. 6, Ming Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl. 245; a white jade example included in the exhibition The Chinese Scholar’s Studio. Artistic Life in the Late Ming Period, The Asia Society Galleries, New York, 1987, cat. no. 52; and a yellow jade animal carved with its head turned to the side, from the collection of Gerald Godfrey, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 30th October 1995, lot 866.