AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE 'MYTHICAL BEAST' CARVING
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
清乾隆 白玉雕瑞獸擺件 《子岡》仿款
brilliantly carved following the natural form of the pebble, the pair of recumbent mythical beasts arranged head to tail, one grasping a lingzhi sprig in its mouth, its head rendered in an archaistic style with a broad snout, lozenge-shaped eyes, and long curled brows, the other beast with a blanket finely incised with rockwork emerging from crashing waves draped across its back, its chest inscribed with an apocryphal two-character Zigang mark in seal script, the delicately polished stone an attractive even tone with areas of russet coloration and occasional faint natural fissures
Length 4⅛ in., 10.4 cm
Overall in good condition. A minute chip to the tip of the beast in profile's horn. Scattered minute nicks to edges, and faint short russet fissures.
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Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).