QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
The vase is of flattened baluster form and rectangular section with a thin tapered neck standing on a splayed foot and overall decorated in low relief in the style of an archaic bronze vessel. Each facet is decorated between ridged flanges and the mid-sections are carved with a taotie mask. The jade is opaque bone-white in colour with dark veining throughout and lightly embellished on the surface with dark inclusions resembling bronze patina.
A related archaistic jade gu from the Taipei National Palace Museum is published in Through the Prism of the Past: Antiquarian Trends in Chinese Art of the 16th to 18th Century, p. 184, Catalogue No. III-52.