Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 117
A common subject from the Tang dynasty, the mother and child motif grew to popularity during the Yuan and Ming periods. Compare a related carving in the Kirknorton collection, illustrated in Brian Morgan, Naturalism and Archaism. Chinese Jades from the Kirknorton Collection, London, 1995, pl. 5; another sold in our London rooms, 7th March 1978, lot 244; and a third larger example sold in our London rooms, 1st November 1974, lot 355.
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