A VERY RARE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE 'SCHOLAR' PENDANT, MING DYNASTY
A VERY RARE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE 'SCHOLAR' PENDANT
the bearded figure standing with hands clasped in front of the chest within loose sleeves, the long capacious robe secured by a belt at the waist, draped with a long sash, the face rendered with a joyful expression below an official cap folded over to the back suspending two long ribbons, pierced to the back and base with apertures, the softly polished stone with some areas of russet
Height 2⅞ in., 7.4 cm
Overall in very good condition. A chip to the proper left side of the cap, and a minute chip to the back hem of the robe. A few scattered nicks along the edges. The russet areas with a few natural fissures.
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Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).
Skillfully rendered in the round depicting a scholar, identified by the rujin (Confucius hat), the present pendant stands as a highlight among the related known examples of this category. A small group of Ming jade figure-form pendants have been published, none of which, however, can match the superior carving quality of the present piece. Compare, for example, four white jade immortals, each worked in a much simpler fashion, as part of a large pendant set, from the Qing Court Collection, now in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Jadeware (II), Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 164; a pair of white jade figures, each depicted in a similar pose, mounted in gold as earrings, excavated from Daqiangmen, Wuxi, Jiangsu province, now in the Nanjing Museum, exhibited in Golden Jiangnan. Ancient Gold Ware of Jiangsu, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, 2008, cat. no. 140; and a jade Buddhist figure, set in the center of a gilt-silver hairpin, discovered in Dingling, Beijing, the mausoleum of the Wanli Emperor, now in the National Museum of China, Beijing, published in Zhongguo guojia bowuguan guancang wenwu yanjiu congshu. Yuqi juan [Studies of the Collection of the National Museum of China. Jade], Shanghai, 2007, pl. 200.