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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 294

    AN UNUSUAL 'CHICKEN BONE' JADE FIGURE OF DONGFANG SHUO

    16TH/17TH CENTURY

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    AN UNUSUAL 'CHICKEN BONE' JADE FIGURE OF DONGFANG SHUO
    16TH/17TH CENTURY
    The bearded Daoist immortal shown holding a peach in his left hand and a branch bearing two peaches over his left shoulder while a bat with spread wings alights on his right shoulder, wearing long belted robes and a leaf-form cap, the opaque stone of mottled ivory and mottled brown color
    7½ in. (19 cm.) high


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    The legend of Dongfang Shuo has him attempting to steal one of the famous 'peaches of longevity' from the orchard of Xi Wangmu, the Queen Mother of the West, whose palace was believed to be in the Kunlun mountains. The peaches were believed to ripen only once in 3,000 years and to confer immortality on anyone who ate them.