In form, decoration, and mood, this present work recalls another jade bear excavated from one of the tombs of the Princes of Chu in Beidongshan, Xuzhou. Similarly depicted robust and recumbent, the jade bear is also portrayed with a collar and hair detailed with short incised lines. See Da Han Chuwang: Xuzhou Xihan Chuwang lingmu wenwu jicui [Selected cultural relics excavated at the Western Han dynasty mausoleum of the King of Chu], National Museum of China, Beijing, 2005, pp. 268-275. However, the present piece is carved from jade of a different quality and is half the size of the Beidongshan example. It differs from the latter also in its triangular renditions of the bear’s eyes, nostrils, mouth and ears.
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