25 March 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 40,000
AN UNUSUAL HORN MONKEY-FORM SEAL
The oval seal surmounted by a seated monkey holding a peach, the base carved with a four-character seal, Bole xiangma, that may be interpreted as 'Good at discovering talent'
2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) high
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Bole was a 7th century B.C. scholar who wrote the Xiang Ma Jing (Guide to Horse Selection). His renowned fine horses became a metaphor for recognizing talents in others.
Please note the Chinese text for this lot should read jiao (horn).