MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)
The jade is finely carved in the form of a boy wearing loosely draped robes reclining on a circular cushion. His head rests on his right hand and his expression is serene. The carver has cleverly used the variegated jade material, as the head and hand are pale celadon in colour, in contrast to the brownish inclusions used on the robe and drum.
A similar example of a reclining boy is published in Jades from China, The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, 1994, Catalogue No. 300
Exquisite Jade Carving, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1996, Catalogue No. 21