Carvings of this type continued to be produced in the later periods; for example see a yellow jade example attributed to the Song to Ming dynasty, from the Bei Shan Tang Collection, included in the exhibition Chinese Jade Carving, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1983, cat. no. 147; and a Ming example, from the collection of Mr and Mrs Philip Pinsof, also included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, op. cit., cat. no. 376.
The popularity of the representation of mythical creatures in stone to line the tomb avenues of emperors and high-ranking officials reached a peak during the Six Dynasties. Concurrent with the creation of immense fabulous beasts from the spiritual world were produced on a grand scale outside the tombs near Nanjing, an artistic tradition of creating jade animals in the highest quality flourished.
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