MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)
The finely carved lion is depicted with a curly mane around his floppy ears, a thick bushy tail, round intense eyes and bushy eyebrows resting on its haunches and clutching a brocade ball tied together by a loose ribbon held under his right paw. The lion is flanked by a small cub clambering on its backside while a slightly larger cub nuzzles along its left haunch. The jade is celadon in tone with russet splashes.
Two lions playing with a brocade ball symbolises the wish for the owner and descendants to achieve a high rank.
Exquisite Jade Carving,
The University of Hong Kong,
Hong Kong, 1996, Catalogue No. 108
Chinese Jade Animals,
Hong Kong Museum of Art,
Hong Kong, 1996, Catalogue No. 149