Qing Dynasty, 18th Century
The rock is formed from a natural boulder of soapstone selectively carved and undercut with a scene with a scholar and two cranes on a cliffside landscape flanking al blossoming tree in the centre. The pale grey stone has a rough grey texture with the figures picked out in the pale greenish yellow translucent soapstone.
Examples of this type of natural soapstone boulder are rare. The only other example published is illustrated in Spink & Sons Ltd. The Minor Arts of China IV, 1989, p. 127, Catalogue No. 181
A Private English Collection