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A small yellow jade figure of a rabbit, Song dynasty or earlier | 宋或以前 黃玉臥兔

A small yellow jade figure of a rabbit, Song dynasty or earlier | 宋或以前 黃玉臥兔

A small yellow jade figure of a rabbit, Song dynasty or earlier | 宋或以前 黃玉臥兔

A small yellow jade figure of a rabbit,

Song dynasty or earlier

宋或以前 黃玉臥兔


modelled as a dainty crouching rabbit with subtly incised eyes, its muzzle framed by the front paws and the long ears swept backwards, the hind legs tucked under the muscular haunches, vertically perforated from behind the ears through to the flat underside, the stone of a honey-yellow colour with russet-brown veining


3.4 cm

The rabbit is in good overall condition with occasional insignificant nibbles.


整體品相良好,偶有微磕。


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Chung Wah Pui, Hong Kong, 6th July 1993.


鍾華培,香港,1993年7月6日

Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 26:9.

Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 69.


羅森,《Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing》,倫敦,1995年,圖版26:9

《中國肖生玉雕》,香港,1996年,編號69

British Museum, London, on loan, 1995.

Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996.


大英博物館,倫敦,借展,1995年

《中國肖生玉雕》,香港藝術館,香港,1996年

Rabbit-form ornaments enjoyed considerable popularity in ancient China, presumably because of the mythological association with the elixir of immortality on the moon. Jessica Rawson believes the present jade rabbit may pre-date the Song period, as it shares some characteristics with examples attributed to the Tang dynasty (ibid., p. 365, figs 1-3).


For comparable Song examples, see a small figure of a rabbit crouching on a pedestal in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, accession no. S2012.9.2774; and an excavated white jade paperweight of a rabbit in a similar pose, published in 'Zhejiang Quzhou shi Nansong mu chutu qiwu [Artifacts unearthed from the Southern Song in Quzhou City, Zhejiang Province]', Archaeology, 1983, no. 11, pp. 1004-18, pl. 6, no. 4.