OBJECTS FOR THE SCHOLAR'S DESK, Hong Kong 2011
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A YELLOW JADE MYTHICAL BEAST

MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)

LENGTH: 9.1CM

The pale greenish-yellow jade carving depicts a mythical beast crouched and leaning forward with its protruding vertebrae and a curling bifid tail. The fur of the animal is carefully incised on its back

SIMILAR EXAMPLES
For a very similar white jade model of a recumbent camel dated to the Song Dynasty, see ‘Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing’, Jessica Rawson, 1995, no. 26:12. pages 368-369.; and again in ‘Chinese Jade Animals’, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Urban Council of Hong Kong, 19th April - 14th July 1996, no.108, p.132 & 133

明代 黃玉瑞獸擺件