the pale-cream coloured stone mottled with russet patches, carved with a recumbent horse with its head turned towards its back, facing the small monkey using the reins to climb up on its back
Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 152
Compare a related carving of this subject illustrated in Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 57; another, in the Tingsong Shuwu collection, included in the exhibition Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, Asia House Gallery, New York, 1986, cat. no. 70; and a third example included in the exhibition Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 153.
A horse with monkey represents the wish for an immediate conferment of the rank of Marquis or the immediate appointment to a high-ranking position.
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