• Lot 246

    RARE ET IMPORTANT GROUPE SCULPTE EN JADE CELADON PALE ET ROUILLE

    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, DEBUT DE L'EPOQUE QIANLONG (1736-1795)

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    RARE ET IMPORTANT GROUPE SCULPTE EN JADE CELADON PALE ET ROUILLE
    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, DEBUT DE L'EPOQUE QIANLONG (1736-1795)
    Représentant un grand daim couché, ses pattes repliées, un double lingzhi au sommet du crâne, tenant dans sa bouche un grand rameau feuillagé de fungus s'épanouissant sur son dos, un plus petit daim, la tête relevée, couché contre son flanc gauche
    Longueur: 19 cm. (7½ in.)


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    The deer is an emblem of longevity and is said to be the only creature able to find the lingzhi, a fungus which promotes longevity. In addition to its association with Daoist concepts of long life, the deer is also symbolic of riches, as its pronunciation, lu, is homophone for riches or official emolument. The image of the deer (moreover when there are two animals) is very auspicious and came to popularity in the Yuan and early Ming dynasties. See an example of a crouching deer with a lingzhi in its mouth dating from early Ming dynasty illustrated in Jadeware II - The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1995, p.274, pl.210.

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    A RARE AND IMPORTANT PALE CELADON AND RUSSET JADE 'DEER' GROUP
    CHINA, QING DYNASTY, EARLY QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)