MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)
The jade is carved from one pebble in the form of a crouched bear, harking back to a Han prototype, with its head slightly raised and ears downturned. Its front paws and rear haunches are tucked under the body while its bushy tail is flicked to the right. The jade is translucent white with russet patches to the back side of the pebble.
Philip Cardeiro Collection
Pacific Asia Museum’s publication Chinese Jade: The Image From Within, 1986, pp. 60-61, Catalogue No. 116