• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1108

    A FINELY CARVED WHITE JADE GROUP OF THREE RAMS

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    A FINELY CARVED WHITE JADE GROUP OF THREE RAMS
    Carved from a stone of even white tone with a few whitish inclusions with a recumbent ram holding a branch of lingzhi in its mouth, its head turned back to look up at a larger ram standing foursquare, its long horns curled around the back of its head, the third and smaller ram at its side, the details of its fur finely carved
    7 5/8 in. (19.4 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, 'the opening up of the new growth in spring', which in turn symbolizes happiness and good fortune.

    Compare with a jade group of the three rams in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 88. See, also, the slightly smaller (14 cm. long) jade san yang group sold in these rooms, 17 September 2008, lot 304.

    Provenance

    Nagatani, Inc., Chicago, 1969.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A CHICAGO COLLECTOR