Six Dynasties Period (220-589)
The jade is carved in the shape of a two-horned crouching bixie with curled brows above lozenge-shaped eyes and an open mouth exposing its teeth. The head is raised above a protruding chest, its left front leg forward. A pair of wings flank the body, extending from the front haunches.
The yellow jade stone is of a warm greenish-yellow colour with patches of grey to one side.
A similar jade bixie in the Taipei National Palace Museum is illustrated in Splendid Treasures: A Hundred Masterpieces of the National Palace Museum on Parade, Taipei, 2012, Catalogue No. 18. Another close example of a jade bixie in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Inventory No. S1987.26), formerly in the collection of Desmond Gure, is published in Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, Catalogue No. 73.
Lady Mary Stewart (1916-2014)
Sydney Moss, Circa 1970