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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1984

    A FINELY CARVED ROCK CRYSTAL 'THREE RAMS' GROUP

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    A FINELY CARVED ROCK CRYSTAL 'THREE RAMS' GROUP
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    Finely carved in the round, depicting two young rams resting beside an adult, the largest ram grasping a long lingzhi spray in its mouth, with legs folded under its recumbent body
    2 5/8 in. (6.5 cm.) long, stand, box


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    The ram is a symbol of filial piety, kindness and patience. The three rams, San yang, are also an auspicious motif, related both to the sun and to male children, as they provide a rebus for San yang kai tai, referring to a new year ushering in renewal and a change of fortune, which in turn symbolises happiness and prosperity.

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